2017 Program


WestWaters Hotel and Entertainment Complex, Mercure Caroline Springs

Wednesday 18 October - Friday 20 October 2017


Wednesday 18th October

8.00 - 8.45 am


8.45 - 8.55 am

Welcome from the AIAM President, Mykel Smith

8.55 - 9.05 am

Welcome to Country

9.05- 9.10 am

Official opening of the event

9.20 - 9.40 am

James (Jim) W Crosby M.S. CBCC-KA, Division Chief Management Consultant (Chief) for the City of Jacksonville Animal Care and Protective Services, Florida, USA -  an introduction

9.40 - 10.00 am

Mykel Smith, Coordinator Animal Management, Health, Regulatory & Lifeguard Services, City of Gold Coast, Qld - Recruiting: Are we getting the most suitable candidate?

10.00 - 10.25 am

Dr Vanessa Rohlf (PhD, BA (Hons-Psychology), Vic Fighting compassion fatigue and promoting resiliency in the animal management sector

10.25 - 10.30 am

Question time

1030 - 10.45 am

Morning tea

10:45 - 10.55 am

Sharleen Jordan BSc Dip Ed Dip LG ASL2, Lecturer Local Government/Animal Studies, Central Regional TAFE, WA - National training options

10.55 - 11.25 am

Lisa Calleja, Team Leader Inspectors, RSPCA Victoria, Vic
RSPCA Major Investigations team - working together towards a common goal

11.25 - 11.45 am

Brenton Thomass, Community Safety Leader, City of Port Adelaide Enfield, SA
Dog behaviourist in barking dog complaints trial

11.45 - 12.00 pm

Jeff Borella and Shane Gartner, City of Palmerston, NT

Animal Transport vehicle design

12.00 - 12.10 pm

Question time

12.10 - 12.15 pm

Exhibitor presentation

12.15 - 1.15 pm


1.15 - 2.15 pm

Jim W Crosby M.S. CBCC-KA, Florida, USA - What is dog aggression

2.15 - 2.45 pm

Trish Harris, Director Four Paws K9 Training, Vic

Temperament assessments for Court cases; behaviour programs and improving long term rehome rates and positive outcomes

2.45 - 2.55 pm

Question time

2.55 - 3.00 pm

Exhibitor presentation

3.00 - 3.15 pm

Afternoon tea

3.15 - 4.15 pm

Jim W Crosby M.S. CBCC-KA, Florida, USA -  Situational awareness

4.15 - 4.45 pm

Diana Rayment BAnSci, La Trobe University, Vic

In-shelter behaviour assessments: What does the science say?

4.45 - 5.15 pm

John Bishop, PetRescue, WA
Demand outstrips supply: The PetRescue community wants to adopt your pound pets!

7.00 pm

Cocktail Function - Mercure Bistro

Thursday 19th October

9.00 - 10.00 am

Jim W Crosby M.S. CBCC-KA, Florida, USA - Cruelty investigations

10.00 - 10.30 am

Rebecca Belousoff, Inspectorate Vet RSPCA Victoria

Cruelty Investigations and Veterinary Forensics with the RSPCA

10.30 - 10.40 am

Question time

10.40 - 10.45 am

Exhibitor presentation

10.45 - 11.00 am

Morning tea



Thursday 19th October…continued

11.00 - 11.30 am

George Sofranidis Sc (Hons), Managing Director, Orivet Genetic Pet Care, Vic

It wasn't my dog, it wasn't my dog's fault, it’s not my dog's DNA the science is wrong!

11.30 - 11.55 am

Andrew Lamb - Dog and Cat Management Board, SA

Dogs and Cats Online - All of our Puppies in One Basket

11.55 - 12.15 pm

 Luke Kearney, Team Leader Ranger Services, Port Stephens, NSW
Ranger Ralph – Companion animal education

12.15 - 12.25 pm

Question time

12.25 -12.30 pm

Exhibitor presentation

12.30 - 1.30 pm


1.30 - 1.45 pm

AIAM Strategic Plan update

1.45-2.05 pm

Tracey Marsden, Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources, Vic - A legislation update for Victoria

2.05 - 2.30 pm

Anthony Smith, Darwin City Council, NT - Darwin situation

2.30 - 3.00 pm

Georgina Inwood, University of Queensland, Qld - A survey of Victorian municipalities to identify factors associated with rehoming, reclaim and euthanasia of cats and dogs

3.00 - 3.10 pm

Question time

3.10 - 3.15 pm

Exhibitor presentation

3.15 - 3.30 pm

Afternoon tea

3.30 - 4.00 pm

Steve Sodomaco, City of Greater Geelong, Vic

Expectations of community and council never the two shall meet

4.00 - 4.10 pm

Question time

4.10 - 4.15 pm

Exhibitor presentation

4.15 - 5.00 pm

Annual General Meeting - Mercure Ballroom

7.00 pm

Dinner - Mercure Ballroom

20th October


9.00 - 9.45 am

Jacquie Rand, BVSc, DVSc, MANZCVS, DipACVIM (Int Med), University of Queensland, Qld Research update - Community cat programs reduce municipal costs

9.45 - 10.15 am

Jenny Cotterell, Senior Animal Management Officer and Helen Hassing, Animal Management Officer, Banyule City Council, Vic - Snip it in the bud!

10.15 - 10.25 am

Question time

10.25 - 10.30 am

Exhibitor presentation

10.30 - 10.45 am

Morning tea

10.45 - 11.00 am

David Heath, Alexandrina Shire, SA - Animal Management Vehicle profile

11.00 - 11.30 am

Elke Tapley, Community Support Officer, RSPCA Vic

Project partnerships - initiatives, benefits and support for domestic animal planning

11.30 - 11.45 am

Awards Presentations

11.45 - 11.55 am

Question time

11.55 -12.00 pm

Exhibitor presentation

12.00 - 1.00 pm


Half day workshop

Jim W Crosby M.S. CBCC-KA, Florida, USA

1.00 - 2.30pm

Fatal and near fatal dog attacks - case studies, principles of forensics

2.30 - 2.45 pm

Afternoon tea

2.45 - 4.00pm

Fatal and near fatal dog attacks - case studies, principles of forensics

4.00 pm

Workshop close

For further information, please contact Nell Thompson, AIAM Secretary  

Trade Exhibition and Sponsorship

Local Government Animal Management Officers (AMOs) throughout Australia are engaged daily in community animal control and regulation work. Their job is to maximize community health, safety and amenity by minimizing the negative social, environmental and financial impacts of inappropriately managed animals. The provision of community animal control and regulatory services is an important and often difficult task.

The annual AIAM workshop is the Institute’s flagship activity. The workshop is a milestone event in each calendar year for the sharing of innovative ideas and for the support of all people engaged in animal control and regulation in Australia.

We invite organisations and businesses involved in animal management to participate in our trade exhibition. There are different options available for participants with a special animal transport showcase a highlight of this year's workshop.

A cocktail function will be held in the main trade area this year which will provide both delegates and exhibitors a great opportunity to network.

Fill in our online application or download the Fact Sheet and Application Form and email it to Elke Tapley, AIAM Vice President.

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