$215 – $2,500
7th International Symposium on Animal Mortality Management

7th International Symposium on Animal Mortality Management

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$215 – $2,500

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Raleigh Convention Center

500 S Salisbury St

Raleigh, NC 27601

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Join us in person or virtually for the 7th International Symposium on Animal Mortality Management in Raleigh, NC, June 27-30, 2022.

About this event

The International Symposium on Managing Animal Mortalities is a triennial symposium focusing on collaborating and sharing information to advance sustainable practices regarding animal mortalities. These conferences have had tremendous success dating back to the start in 2005 and have garnered support from around the world. The symposium is a great opportunity for those in agriculture, academia, government and other areas that have a vested interest in managing animal mortalities. The triennial symposium is an excellent opportunity to learn about the latest research, educational programs, and technologies available for disinfection, decontamination, depopulation, and disposal. This is increasingly important during times when faced with natural disasters such as hurricanes, wildfires, floods, and when faced with animal welfare issues including disease outbreaks. The purpose of the symposium has never been more evident since the outbreak of African Swine Fever, Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza, and the impacts from COVID-19.

The symposium returns this year as an in-person event in Raleigh, North Carolina. Those who should attend include:

  • Federal and state government stakeholders
  • Veterinarians
  • Academic researchers
  • Extension educators
  • Food and agriculture emergency managers
  • Public health managers
  • Food animal processors
  • Renderers and composters

The symposium also serves as an opportunity to learn about managing animal tissue mortalities, products, and by-products; research; and education programs, which include:

  • Students conducting graduate research in carcass disposal, disinfection, and depopulation
  • Researchers from academic or other institutions
  • Anyone interested in research and education to manage mortalities for disasters and high consequence livestock disease

Symposium Topics

  • Food of animal origin containment, depopulation, disposal and decontamination (3-D) in response to disease and emergency events;
  • Carcass management in response to routine mortalities, accidental deaths, natural disasters, intentional introduction, and disease outbreaks;
  • New and emerging technologies for euthanasia, carcass treatment, and disinfection;
  • Research to inform public policy on carcass disposal and the direction of future research and resource;
  • Federal and state agency response and training experience;
  • Carcass treatment (management) options; Health and biosecurity risk;
  • Final product use, disposition, and ultimate disposal;
  • Agricultural Systems Management of multifaceted aspects of carcass transport, processing, disposition and resultant feedbacks;
  • International Issues: religious and societal considerations, regulatory constraints, health education programs, cross-border movement controls, acceptability of depopulation methods;
  • Health and Environmental risks related to disposal;
  • Food production systems and contaminated protein; and
  • Regulatory trends in disposal.

Tour Information

Three North Carolina agricultural tours are scheduled for Monday, June 27, 2022. The tour registration fee is $150.00 per person, and this includes lunch, drinks, and snacks during the tour. All tour buses will depart the Raleigh Convention Center at 7:30 AM ET and will return around 5:00 PM ET.

Tour 1 – North Carolina Poultry Track

The Poultry tour will visit several areas highlighting the North Carolina poultry industry. This includes visiting a hatchery, poultry processing plant, broiler farm and stops at the North Carolina Zoo and a North Carolina orchard farm.

Tour participants are expected to observe the standard 72 hours no contact from poultry, wear closed toe shoes with no slip soles, and may be asked to wear disposable boot covers at some locations.

Tour 2 – North Carolina Swine Track

The Swine tour will visit several areas highlighting the North Carolina swine industry including a hog production area (which includes several farms), a presentation of a processing plant by industry personnel, feral swine trap demonstration, and a stop at a North Carolina blueberry farm.

Tour participants are expected to observe the following requirement of Down Days - Two nights down domestic guests, 7 nights down international guests.

Tour 3 – North Carolina Emergency Management, Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Diagnostic Lab, and Food Animal Production Research Track

This tour will visit areas that focus on response to animal agriculture emergencies, agricultural sciences by touring the newly constructed North Carolina Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, and North Carolina State University’s Poultry and Swine Production Center, and the Howling Cow Dairy and Education Center.

Exercise Information

June 30, 2022

8:00 am - 12:00 pm ET

As we have seen in recent years, natural disasters, pandemics, and foreign animal diseases can pose serious challenges to all areas of animal production, supply chains, government regulatory programs, local industries, and agricultural communities. For the people tasked with animal mortality recovery operations, preparedness exercises are vital to practice and improve existing protocols, identify strengths and weaknesses in processes, and to clarify responder roles and responsibilities. Exercises also offer invaluable insight and education to novice personnel who are yet to experience such events, by providing interactions with peers and mentorship from experienced responders in a relaxed environment.

This 4-hour scenario will provide challenges for responders of all levels of experience. Participants will navigate the depopulation, disposal, and decontamination challenges left in the wake of an aggressive foreign animal disease outbreak.

Sponsorship Opportunities

All organization’s product/service/contact will be included in the permanent symposium Sponsor directory which will be posted online at the symposium website for worldwide access.

Diamond Package - $2,500

  • Program, directory, and verbal recognition
  • Three full registration passes
  • Organization supplied banner (pull-up)
  • On-site signage and video recognition during breaks
  • One indoor exhibit space
  • Recognition on the sponsorship page on our website
  • 2-minute live welcome to the symposium

Emerald Package - $1,750

  • Program, directory, and verbal recognition
  • Two full registration passes
  • On-site signage and video recognition during breaks
  • Recognition on the sponsorship page on our website

Ruby Package - $1,250

  • Program, directory, and verbal recognition
  • One full registration pass
  • On-site signage
  • Recognition on the sponsorship page on our website

Sponsor Directory - $500

  • Program, directory, and verbal recognition
  • Recognition on the sponsorship page on our website
  • This package does not include a registration pass

Exhibitor Opportunities

Indoor Exhibit: Raleigh Convention Center - $750

  • One full registration pass
  • One exhibitor space (8' x 10') with a table and one chair
  • Program, directory, and verbal recognition
  • Set up will be Monday, June 27, 2022

Outdoor Exhibit: NC State University Animal and Poultry Waste Management Center Processing Facility at Lake Wheeler - $900

  • One full registration pass
  • Mutually agreed upon outdoor space
  • Program, directory, and verbal recognition
  • Requirements and additional fees will be determined as demonstrations are planned.
  • Electrical power is at the exhibitor's expense
  • An indoor exhibit space (8' x 10') will be available at the Raleigh Convention Center

Please be aware of the General Outdoor Demonstration Policies:

  • All outdoor exhibitors and demonstrators must cover any expenses associated with the setup, operation, and tear down of their displays.
  • All displays or demonstrations must be in accordance with the City of Raleigh and State of North Carolina Laws. If you require additional outdoor space please contact us for information on additional associated fees.
  • An expert from the company or educational institution must be onsite to set up, run, and remove the equipment.
  • All demonstrations and outdoor displays must have a written plan for setup, operation (if planned), and removal submitted for approval by May 1, 2022. Please be sure to include your material and equipment needs and how you will procure the equipment.
  • North Carolina State University and NCDA&CS will provide access to materials for composting including animals, but expenses for materials must be paid for by demonstrators.
  • North Carolina State University can provide a list of companies to rent equipment or North Carolina State University can rent the needed equipment and then equitably divide the costs among exhibitors or demonstrators who use the equipment. This process will be determined based on exhibitor response.
  • Set up for demonstrations should take place no earlier than necessary for the completion of the demonstration. Include set up plan in registration for demonstration space.
  • Set up for outside displays must not start before Monday, June 27, 2022.
  • Tear down and removal of all equipment and waste must be complete by 5 p.m. on June 30, 2022, from the demonstration site.
  • Submit any plans for demonstrations to Cathy Best at animalmortmgmt@gmail.com

Contact Us Regarding Sponsorships and Vendors

If you have questions about displaying your products/services or other questions about being a Symposium sponsor, please contact Mark Hutchinson at mhutch@maine.edu or (207-832-0343).

Submit any plans for demonstrations to Cathy Best at animalmortmgmt@gmail.com.

Attendee substitutions from within the same company may be made at any time at no cost. Please send an email to Cathy Best at animalmortmgmt@gmail.com with the name of the current registrant and the name and email address of the new registrant.

Recommended Lodging Accommodations

The Raleigh Convention Center is located in the heart of downtown Raleigh with several lodging accommodations located nearby. Below are the recommended accommodations.

Raleigh Marriott City Center

Address: 500 Fayetteville Street, Raleigh, NC 27601

Phone: 919-833-1120

Sheraton Raleigh, Downtown

Address: 421 South Salisbury Street, Raleigh, NC 27601

Phone: 919-834-9900

Residence Inn Raleigh Downtown

Address: 616 S Salisbury Street, Raleigh, NC

Phone: 919-856-0017

Holiday Inn Raleigh Downtown Capital

Address: 320 Hillsborough Street, Raleigh, NC 27603

Phone: 919-832-0501

Corporate Code: ILMIH

Contact Us

Cathy Best


For Questions About the Registration Process and to Submit Plans for Sponsor/Vendor Demonstrations

Mike Neault


For Questions About the Symposium & Exercise

Mark Hutchinson


For Questions About Sponsorships & Vendors

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