The American Ferret Association, Inc. Presents...
Breeding Better Ferrets:
The American Ferret Association is an organization devoted to the health and welfare of ferrets.
We are offering this one and a half day educational symposium geared to the experienced ferret breeder,
the novice ferret breeder, and even those considering breeding ferrets in the not so distant future.
That's why AFA is sponsoring this in-depth ferret breeder symposium, with the following goals in mind:
AFA is proud to introduce Dr. Carmen Battaglia, world renown speaker and author of Breeding Better Dogs. Dr. Battaglia will take a highly sophisticated, scientific and technical subject like genetics and make it not only easy to understand but even fun. He will be tailoring the material he developed for dog breeders specifically for ferret breeders in order to provide an easy method for comprehending genetics and analyzing pedigrees. Dr. Battaglia will be speaking on Saturday, June 21, and his topics will include:
The symposium will kick off on Friday afternoon with a session all ferret breeders need to attend. Dr. Ruth Heller, a well-known ferret veterinarian and ferret breeder will discuss ferret reproduction issues. This session will include information on; pyometra, pregnancy toxemia, problem deliveries, when to do a C-section, congenital neonate issues, ovarian tumors, carcinoma, vaginal cysts, mastitis- regular and gangrenous, vasectomy, cryptorchids, testicular tumors and more. We will also be providing everyone with a list of items all breeders need to have on hand prior to the start of breeding season.
The ferret reproduction session will be followed by a session on nutrition for breeding hobs, breeding jills, and for kits during their critical growth period. We will also discuss various supplements and when and if you should use them. This session will also include tips and trick for successfully hand raising kits from less than a week old.
Friday will finish with a session titled 'Everything you wanted to know about ferret breeding but were afraid to ask.' This will be a panel discussion lead by several of the leading ferret breeders in the country. If you have questions about ferret breeding, this is the place to ask it!
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