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ZAA Professional Development Webinar: A Discussion about Poop Soup – The Case for Transfaunation

  • January 18, 2021
  • 7:45 PM - 9:00 PM
  • virtual

ZAA Professional Development Webinar with Happy Hour

A Discussion about Poop Soup – The Case for Transfaunation

Advanced registration required: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Y5SID9NSQW2xXuquns6MyA

For ZAA members only.  If you are not a member, join today!

We learn new things about our animals, their care and management, and ourselves daily.  It is easy to think back to 5 or 10 years ago and recognize how far we’ve come.  It is equally as easy to leave some of the ideas (good AND bad) in the past, for that is sometimes where they belong.  However, it is equally important to review some of those “old” ideas with the lens of increased knowledge and perspective gained over time (lest we let a good idea go prematurely).  The concept of transfaunation (aka – fecal transplant, fecal microbiota transplant (FMT), stool transplant, etc) has been around since the beginning of recorded time in humans, and currently receives attention for specific GI bacterial infections.  In domestic animals, it has been used for centuries to treat poor digestion and associated maladies.  Recently, we’ve started to become aware of (and employ) the practice across a wide range of taxa in our care.  This will be a brief discussion of the practice, some pertinent literature and examples, and how it might be something for you to consider in better managing the health and care of your animals (if you’re not already).

Presenter: Mike Maslanka

Mike is the senior nutritionist and head of the Department of Nutrition Science for the Smithsonian National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute.  He oversees clinical nutrition, commissary operations, agriculture operations, lab- and field-based research, and nutrition-focused education and outreach for both facilities.  He’s been at the Zoo for the last 15 years, previously working for and consulting for a variety of zoos around the country.  He is the lead instructor for an immersive professional training course titled, “Practical Zoo Nutrition Management,” that is offered annually through the Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation.  The only thing he likes to talk about more than the poop soup is carcass feeding, but you might already know that.

Happy Hour with specialty drink begins at 7:45pm eastern.  Presentation begins at 8:00pm eastern for 30 minutes, followed by a 30 minute Q&A.  Ingredients list will be sent with your registration confirmation.

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