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Symposium Announcement

What is it and Who Should Attend

The triennial symposium was established in 2005 and is an excellent opportunity to learn about the latest research, educational programs, and technologies available for disinfection, decontamination, depopulation, and disposal. Due to the ongoing pandemic, the 2021 symposium will be a virtual event, and will be a prelude to the 2022 in-person symposium. 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 could be very useful to:

  • 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

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In Person Symposium


The 7th International Symposium, June 13-16, 2022, is coming up in the next twelve months. Stay tuned as registration will open later.

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Carbon for Composting


USDA Veterinary Services has various webinars and articles for continued learning. Some of these training opportunities include decontamination, composting, and disease response.


On March 25, 2021 speakers from North Carolina focused on lessons learned of composting animal mortalities during disease and natural disaster events and the challenges of acquiring the appropriate carbon materials. The webinar was recorded and is available for download.

Through the symposium, we work together on research, technology, and new discoveries, as well as networking with stakeholders in order to facilitate collaboration and provide solutions
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