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Diseases, Diagnostics, and One Health Aspects of Urban Agriculture, Hobby Farms, and “Backyard” Food

Diseases, Diagnostics, and One Health Aspects of Urban Agriculture, Hobby Farms, and “Backyard” Food Animals

Sat, September 28, 2019 - Sat, September 28, 2019

There has been a recent explosion of public interest in the quality and source of the food put on the family table, with people of diverse backgrounds exploring raising their own animals for eggs, milk, and meat. From small backyard chicken flocks in a city’s downtown, to amateur honeybee keepers in the suburbs, small goat herds milked for making cheese or soap in rural areas, and a few swine kept on the family farm, veterinarians throughout the country are facing the challenge of caring for their clients’ ever-expanding menageries.

The goal of this continuing education event is to provide an introduction to the important diseases and husbandry concerns in a variety of hobby and farm animals (bees, poultry, small ruminants, swine) unfamiliar to many veterinarians, with an emphasis on the potential risks to public health through a review of reportable and zoonotic diseases for each species. This course is suitable for small, mixed, and large animal veterinarians and would provide 7 hours of CE credit including 1 hour of Georgia LEAP CE.

Sponsored by Merck and UGA Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratories


Maximum Capacity: 100

Event Agenda

Saturday, September 28th  -  7 Hours CE (includes 1 hour of LEAP)

Time Presenter    Title Description
8:00 - 8:30  Breakfast & Check-in: Veterinary Medical Center - Educational Center 2200 College Station Rd, Athens, GA
8:30 - 8:40 Dr. Paula Krimer Welcome and Introductions  
8:40 - 10:20 Dr. Kate Christie Small Ruminants

Basic husbandry of sheep and goats including common diseases, diets, pasture rotation, vaccines, mastitis, and public health concerns including raw milk consumption

10:20 - 10:40 Break
10:40 - 11:30 Dr. Bradley Heins Swine Basic husbandry and common diseases of backyard swine. Issues related to zoonotic diseases especially brucellosis, and some discussion of wild hogs and their interaction with domestic livestock, are also covered
11:30 - 12:30 Lunch
12:30 - 2:10 Dr. Doug Anderson Backyard Poultry Basic husbandry and common infectious diseases of backyard poultry. Discussion of public health concerns related to consuming backyard chickens/eggs and avian influenza
2:10 - 2:30 Break
2:30 - 3:20 Dr. Brent Credille Honeybees Basic husbandry and common diseases of honeybees, and information on the Veterinary Feed Directive and antibiotic prescriptions
3:20 - 4:10 Dr. Janemarie Hennebelle Reportable Diseases in Georgia (LEAP) Review of diseases that are reportable and zoonotic in the above species, the legal obligation of veterinarians to report the diseases, and the process for reporting. LEAP approval code GBVM-2166


Event Fees

Saturday Lectures Only (includes 7 CE hours including 1 hour of LEAP) $65
**Registration currently open for veterinarians**  

*Program schedule is subject to change*

Event Sponsors

Event Speakers

Paula Krimer, DVM, DVSc, DACVP


Paula Krimer, DVM, DVSc, DACVP, is a clinical pathologist and associate professor at the AVDL. She obtained her DVM and DVSc degrees from the University of Guelph in 1996 and 2001, and became board certified in 2002. She is interested in diagnostic testing, hepatic diseases, and body cavity effusions including CSF and synovial fluid. She is also the Outreach Services Chief, addressing the needs of clients, improving communications with veterinarians and other stakeholders, and organizing continuing education events.

Brent Credille, DVM, PhD, DACVIM (Large Animal)


Brent Credille, DVM, DACIM, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in the Food Animal Health and Management Program at the University of Georgia. He completed his DVM at the University of Georgia, an internship in livestock medicine and surgery at Colorado State, as well as a large animal Internal Medicine residency and PhD in physiology/pharmacology at UGA.

Kate Christie DVM, MS, DAVCIM (LAIM)


Dr. Kate Christie is a 2014 graduate of the North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Following graduation, she completed a one year equine rotating internship at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, Kentucky where she developed a passion for internal medicine. In 2015, Dr. Christie started her Large Animal Internal Medicine Residency at the University of Georgia where she has continued to develop her skills and knowledge. During her residency, she was also introduced to the world of small ruminant and camelid medicine which brings with it many unique challenges. After completing her residency in 2018, Dr. Christie continue on as a member of the University of Georgia’s Field Services department with a focus on equine and small ruminant/camelid medicine.

Doug Anderson, DVM


Dr Anderson first started growing ring-necked pheasants in 1965 and has been involved with gamebirds and poultry ever since. He received his undergraduate BS-Avian Science (1982) and DVM (1986) from Colorado State University where he worked on several projects including ring-necked pheasant plumage genetics, marble spleen disease and ulcerative enteritis vaccines, pre-incubation storage of turkey hatching eggs, and propagation techniques for endangered species. During his career, he has been involved in over twenty-five countries and has worked in numerous capacities within the gamebird and commercial poultry industries in technical service, diagnostic laboratory, live production, vaccine production, and veterinary product development. He has been involved in 4H for almost fifty years and volunteers in the youth poultry programs of FFA and local Poultry clubs. Currently employed with the Georgia Poultry Laboratory Network as the Veterinary Director of the Southern region, his duties include health monitoring and diagnostic support for the commercial industry. Additionally, he is a key supporter of the small flock operators through presentations, consultations, field visits, and aiding both the operator and their veterinarian with their poultry management and health issues. His primary projects are numerous but include mycoplasma control and eradication in small flock operations and different gamebird species, posterior paresis problems in bobwhite quail, gamebird coccidial vaccines, gamebird parenting genetics, propagation of rare and endangered gamebird (galliforme) species and pasture ready dark broilers. He currently manages two poultry diagnostic laboratories in Georgia (Forsyth and Tifton) in support of the commercial poultry industry as well as the fastest growing segment of the poultry industry, the small poultry flock owners of Georgia and the Veterinarians who support them.

Janemarie Hennebelle, DVM


Janemarie Hennebelle currently serves as the Assistant State Veterinarian and Animal Health program manager for the Georgia Department of Agriculture. Dr. Hennebelle received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine and her Master of Preventive Veterinary Medicine from the University of California, Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine.

Bradley Dale Heins, DVM, MFAM


Dr. Brad Heins is a graduate of the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine. After spending several years in private food animal practice in North Carolina, Dr. Heins joined the faculty of the College of Veterinary Medicine Department of Population Health. As a clinical appointment, he provides services to food animal producers throughout the state of Georgia. His clinical interests are in beef and dairy heifer development, swine production, food animal economics, and bovine lameness.

Contact Information

Contact: Cheryl Kennedy

Driving Directions

Event Parking


Travel Information

The Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) is the most convenient airport to use when attending a conference in Athens.  Groome Transportation offers an excellent shuttle service to and from the Atlanta Airport and Athens.  For more information and to schedule a reservation, please visit

Event Hotels

Holiday Inn 197 East Broad Street, Athens, GA 706-549-4433  GROUP CODE: VFP
Holiday Inn Express  513 West Broad Street, Athens, GA  * 706-546-8122 
Georgia Center Hotel 1197 South Lumpkin Street, Athens, GA  * 800.884.1381  
Hilton Garden Inn 390 Washington Street, Athens, GA  * 706.363.9948 
The Hotel Indigo 500 College Avenue, Athens, GA * 706.546.0430 
Courtyard by Marriott  166 North Finley Street, Athens, GA  * 706.369.7000 
Springhill Suites 3500 Daniells Bridge Road, Athens, GA 30606

Refund/Cancellation Policy:

  • Non-Lab Conference: Refunds are available for cancellations made by 5 p.m. ET, 10 days prior to the beginning of your event.
  • Wet Lab Conference: Refunds are available for cancellations made by 5 p.m., 45 days prior to the beginning of your event.
  • If a course is cancelled for any reason, the CVM will not be responsible for any charges related to travel.
  • For courtesy and liability reasons, we prohibit children and domestic animals (except working animals, e.g., guide dogs) at our CE conferences.
  • Each conference participant may receive mail from companies or individuals who have obtained names and addresses from course registrations as permitted by the Georgia Open Records Act.

The University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine, founded in 1946, is dedicated to training future veterinarians, to conducting research related to animal diseases, and to providing veterinary services for animals and their owners. Our research efforts are aimed at enhancing the quality of life for animals and people, improving the productivity of poultry and livestock, and preserving a healthy interface between wildlife and people in the environment they share.

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