Programming with Impact | 2020 Spirit of Service

The human-animal bond and supporting organizations that serve the most vulnerable through a connection with animals has never been more important. The 2020 Animal Health Summit is bringing Programming with Impact. This must-attend LIVE program on Wednesday, September 2, from 11-12:30 CDT is available for an additional $100. All registration proceeds will be donated to Retrieving Freedom and Symbiotic Behavioral Treatment Center.


Animalytix CEO Chris Ragland will lead a review of the major market trends shaping the animal health industry as well as identify emerging trends in market behaviors. 

M/A/R/C Research Senior Vice President and Animal Health Group Leader Brad Seipel will provide results from their third survey detailing behaviors, attitudes and feelings of pet owners in a post COVID-19 environment. 

To reserve your spot for the Programming with Impact LIVE event, please follow the "add-on" ticket prompts when registering for the 2020 Animal Health Summit. The cost of the Programming with Impact is $100 USD.

All proceeds for LIVE Programming with Impact, less any applicable credit card processing fees, will be donated to Retrieving Freedom and Symbiotic Behavioral Treatment Center.


Retrieving Freedom

The mission of Retrieving Freedom, Inc. is to change lives through the training and placement of service dogs with disabled veterans and children with autism.

Retrieving Freedom, Inc. is a non-profit organization dedicated to training service dogs to help people with a primary focus on training dogs to serve the needs of veterans and children with autism. They breed and train chosen dogs that exhibit specific traits necessary to perform tasks to help these individuals. They believe in matching the dog to the recipient.

Their training program isn’t designed to train each dog the same way. Instead, dogs are trained to meet the needs of their specific recipient. Each dog will complete one or more Impact Program throughout their training. These programs include attending elementary schools, correctional facilities, college campuses and summer camps. During this training, the dogs are learning specific tasks, becoming familiar with different environments as well as making an impact on each individual they come in contact with.  The dogs go through more than two years of training to meet Retrieving Freedom’s strict standards for a successful placement.

Retrieving Freedom, Inc. operates out of two locations, Waverly, Iowa, and Sedalia, Missouri as an accredited member of Assistance Dogs International.The service dogs trained by Retrieving Freedom increase the independence of the individuals they are matched with. Not only do they help with specific commands to mitigate that individual’s disability, but they also offer companionship and unconditional love.

Symbiotic Behavioral Treatment Center

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Symbiotic Behavioral Treatment Center’s (SBTC) mission is to enhance the mental health and well-being of people through evidenced-based treatment and to aid in the physical and psychological recovery of abused and traumatized dogs with interactive training and the application of the human-canine bond in a therapeutic environment.

SBTC accomplishes their mission through a variety of programs, most notably by teaching a structured class to the post-traumatic stress wing at the Veterans Administration Hospital, alongside their registered therapy dogs, where they discuss the human-canine bond, what role it can play in lives and in recovery, and how it can be a vehicle to channel the skills patients learn from their doctors and social workers while at the hospital. Other programs include a Peace with Packs class where people working through stress and anxiety are paired with shelter dogs to work on mindfulness exercises with a licensed social worker, and their compassion fatigue and burnout training for animal shelter staff and first responders.

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For the last 8 years, SBTC has facilitated their mission through programs in the community, at the VA Hospital, animal shelters, and classrooms. The most effective way to achieve their mission and maximize the reach to people and dogs in need is to build a facility to incorporate a multi-pronged approach to outpatient treatment. In 2019, SBTC secured over an acre of land in Lawrence, KS, to build their Center. SBTC will be launching a capital campaign for the building.


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