NAIA Annual Conference

NAIA 2019 Conference: Securing the Bond

  • Date: October 26-27, 2019; reception the evening of October 25.
  • Location: DoubleTree by Hilton at SeaWorld, Orlando, Florida

Please mark your calendars for the 2019 National Animal Interest Alliance (NAIA) Conference, October 25–27, in Orlando, Florida. Continuing a 28-year tradition, we are presenting this annual event on a topic of great importance to animal professionals, advocates, and enthusiasts. Last year's theme was "Uniting to Save Our Endangered Breeds." This year, we will take the conversation a step further by "Securing the Bond."

In addition to presentations on genetics, animal training and maximizing canine fertility, we will hear from experts on protecting animal owners and industries from the threats of activists and overzealous animal cops.  

As the final touches are being made to the conference web page, you are invited to register at the early-bird rate, book your hotel room, and inquire about the many exhibitor and sponsor options available. Please follow the links below to learn more about the conference and register to attend!

Learn more about this year's exciting conference

Register for our conference today

I look forward to sending you conference updates, including announcements as new speakers are added to the already exciting lineup in store for you this fall.

Hope to see you in Orlando!


Patti Strand, NAIA President

P.S. If you don't already follow us on Facebook, please do. You'll stay apprised of the conference as well as other news affecting animals and the rights of responsible animal owners.


Partial list of speakers and topics:

  • Marthina Greer, DVM, JD; Canine Reproduction: Maximizing Brood Bitch Fertility
  • Mark Dunn, Executive VP AKC; Canine Genetic Testing: The Path Forward
  • Sandy Moore, Seagrest Farms, President; Shooting Fish in a Barrel (The aquarium trade is an easy target)
  • Bonnie Pike, Top Breeder of Cocker Spaniels; From breeder of the year to target of the year
  • Julian Prager, JD, NAIA Board Member; Sheila Kessler, Atty, NAIA Board Member, Animal Legal Resources; Know your rights when faced with overzealous, untrained and/or corrupt animal cops.
  • John Sancenito, President, INA, an international risk management, intelligence, and security consulting firm; Demystifying the Animal Rights Movement
  • Elizabeth A. Schuette, Managing Director, The ARK at JFK; International Animal Transportation Challenges: A View from the Front Line
  • John Simpson, JD, Duane Morris LLP; The Wolf Is At the Door: Appreciating the Ongoing Animal Activist Threat
  • Kay Johnson Smith, President, Animal Agriculture Alliance; Securing Animal Industries’ Future: Protecting Against Activist Threats
  • Patti Strand, NAIA President; The Most Important Animal Health and Welfare Issue of Our Time: National and International Dog Rescue Transport Programs
  • Shelley Wood, Director ABC Animal Training at Gulf World; Will You Be next?