BSAS Seminar for Animal Shelters

Educational Seminar for Animal Shelters


When: Friday, September 17, 2021

11:00am – 5:00pm EST


Where: Blind Spot Animal Sanctuary

307 Bacon Road, Rougemont, NC 27572

What: Seminar on Goat, Pig, and Horse care


Registration: FREE to shelter employees


Meals: A delicious vegan lunch and drinks will be provided


Participants: This Seminar is designed for Shelter Employees and Animal Control Staff


Seminar Sponsored by the Humane Society of United States & VegFund


As more and more pigs, goats, and horses find themselves abandoned and surrendered, farm animal welfare has become an important topic in animal shelters across the State of North Carolina. With the high number of farm animals in shelters, shelter employees and animal control officers are expressing interest in learning more about this important topic.


This Educational Seminar will bring together animal shelter staff and animal control officers for a shared goal: to improve the lives of farm animals while at the shelter. Not only will participants gain a better understanding of the many issues that farm animals face in our community and how to help them, the seminar will also serve as a place where staff can have a hands-on learning experience.



  1. To understand proper housing, care, and veterinary care of farm animals while at the shelter
  2. To learn how to handle goats, pigs, and horses while at the shelter
  3. To learn basic welfare assessment
  4. Nutrition
  5. To become familiar with restrain techniques
  6. To learn how to screen adopters for farm animals





Dr. Kristie Mozzachio

Kristie Mozzachio received her DVM from North Carolina State University in 2001, completed an anatomic pathology residency there in 2004, and became certified in veterinary acupuncture at the Chi Institute in 2015.  Dr. Mozzachio currently works as a freelance toxicologic pathologist and operates a mobile “pet pig exclusive” practice serving the states of NC, VA, MD, PA and NJ. She provides consults on pet pigs as well as research minipigs both nationally and internationally, serves as a veterinary advisor for Ross Mill Farm & Piggy Camp and GroinGroin Refuge (in France), has lectured on the species at numerous meetings, and most recently has co-authored minipig chapters in the Exotic Animal Formulary & Diseases of Swine. She currently owns 2 minipigs, the oldest 21 years of age.


Dr. Shannon Baker

Shannon Baker, DVM grew up in TN in suburbia, with a horse farm next door.  She was a constant pest at the farm, until she finally got her own horse at a young age.  She has always loved animals and vet school seemed like the natural fit. She graduated from the University of Tennessee Vet School in 2003 and and practiced on equines for several years, before learning the joys of large/farm animal practice as well.  After moving to North Carolina in 2010, she started her own practice, Hoof and Horn Mobile Veterinary Services, and enjoys working with goats, sheep pigs, cows, llamas, alpacas, and horses. She has 4 horses and 4 goats presently, as well as 3 cats and Daisy, her truck dog.



Dr. Cathy Mittenson

Photo by John Joyner/NC State Veterinary Medicine
Cathy Mittenson is an associate veterinarian at Flat River Veterinary Hospital, right down the road in Rougemont! She received her DVM from North Carolina State University and enjoys working with a wide variety of species (horses, goats, sheep, cows, alpacas, and pigs to name a few!). She is a certified veterinary acupuncturist and veterinary medical manipulation practitioner (equine chiropractor) as well. In her spare time, she enjoys riding, hiking, and spending time on her mini farm, caring for her horses, donkey, goats, chickens, dogs and cats!
Dr. Penny Jeffrey

Penny Shumaker Jeffrey, PhD began Pig Pals of NC in 1996. In the early 2000s, she served as President for the North American Potbellied Pig Association (NAPPA). In conjunction with Dr. Mozzachio during that time, Penny implemented an educational symposium for pig owners, sanctuary directors, and veterinarians held at NCSU-CVM. To reach the next generation of pig owners and sanctuary directors, the seminar was held again in 2018. Penny holds a Master’s in nutrition and uses that expertise to teach others about nutrition of both animals and humans. Now, 23 years later, she still oversees a sanctuary of 23 aged miniature pigs, 7 older horses, 1 olde cat, 1 rooster, 1 hen, and 1 disabled duck.



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