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Betty Goldentyer, DVM

Director, USDA, APHIS, Animal Care

presenter photoBetty Goldentyer, DVM, is the eastern regional director for the Animal Care Program of USDA APHIS. Dr. Goldentyer has been with the Animal Care Program since its organization as a stand-alone unit in 1988. The eastern region has a staff of 60 employees who issue the licenses and registration; handle public complaints; respond to FOIA requests; and perform compliance inspections assuring humane care for animals used by commercial dealers, exhibitors, research facilities, and in commercial transport.

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Robert M. Gibbens, DVM

Director, Animal Welfare Operations, USDA, APHIS, Animal Care

presenter photoRobert M. Gibbens, DVM, Director Animal Welfare Operations, USDA, APHIS, Animal Care -Bachelors Degree, Zoology, 1980, Oklahoma State University -DVM, 1984, Oklahoma State University College of Veterinary Medicine -Small animal practice in Oklahoma -With USDA since 1990 -VMO for Animal Care in Utah -Field Supervisor for Animal Care -Regional Director of the Western Region for Animal Care since 1997-2014 -Director, Animal Welfare Operations, 2014-present.

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Communication and Networking Track

Breakout Sessions – Series C

C12 - A Conversation with USDA, APHIS, Animal Care

Friday, April 1

4:15 PM - 5:30 PM

Faculty(s):

Betty Goldentyer, DVM

Director, USDA, APHIS, Animal Care

Robert M. Gibbens, DVM

Director, Animal Welfare Operations, USDA, APHIS, Animal Care

For more than 40 years, Congress has entrusted APHIS with the stewardship of animals covered under the Animal Welfare Act and Horse Protection Act. APHIS continues to uphold that trust, giving protection to millions of animals nationwide. APHIS provides leadership for determining standards of humane care and treatment of animals, implements those standards, and achieves compliance through inspection, education, cooperative efforts, and enforcement. This session will provide an opportunity for attendees to:


  • Ask questions of representatives of USDA, APHIS, Animal Care
  • Participate in an open discussion about issues relevant to USDA, APHIS, Animal Care stakeholders