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Wednesday Speakers

Minneapolis, MN
February 7-10, 2024
125+ CE Hours
Rebecca Gimenez-Husted
Wednesday, Feb. 7
Pre-Conference Workshop
Sponsored by:

The Minnesota Veterinary Reserve Corps and the Minnesota Veterinary Medical Association are excited to bring world-renowned expert, Dr. Rebecca Gimenez Husted to Minnesota. 

Rebecca Husted edited and co-wrote the first textbook on Technical Large Animal Emergency Rescue (Wiley-Blackwell) in 2008.  She is a decorated combat veteran, retired Signal Officer, US ARMY, holds BS in Biology from Wofford College, and a PhD in Animal Physiology from Clemson University. She is a support firefighter, incident safety officer and PIO for City of Gray Fire Department. She has been training Technical Large Animal Emergency Rescue (TLAERTM) techniques across the US and internationally for over 25 years. She has published numerous critiques, techniques, and journal articles on a variety of technical subjects in large animal disaster and emergency rescue, horse barn fires, trailer wrecks and heavy rescue of large animals, and equine behavior in these scenarios. She was appointed Chair of the Technical Committee of the NFPA Code 150 – Animal Housing in 2022; and contributes to equine/livestock welfare committees and others defining technical competencies for large animal response around the world.

Large Animal Rescues run the gamut from a valuable client’s horse trapped in a muddy hole at 2 am (if you haven’t gotten that call yet, it is only a matter of time!) to assisting the local law enforcement and firefighters with their response to an overturned livestock trailer, horse trailer wreck, or loose horse hit by a car. It is about methods of PREVENTION of situations when educating clients, as well as how to respond in a SAFE manner for the practitioner, their staff, and working with the fire responders on scene as a team member.

This awareness level workshop will show you the proper way to respond and prepare for large animal emergencies. We will cover the practical considerations, behavioral understanding, specialty equipment, techniques, methodologies, and tactics behind the safe extrication of live large animals from entrapment situations including barn and wildland fires, trailer wrecks, ditches, mud, bog, ice, and confined space situations in local emergency and disaster areas. It includes discussing the principles behind using slings, webbing, and ropes for animal rescue. Finally, you will be introduced to the latest concepts, techniques, procedures, and equipment being used today.

Cost: $30/per person and includes lunch

Limited Space Available

CE Credits: 8 CE credits

R. Kent Leckie
Wednesday, Feb. 7
Pre-Conference Workshop

Verbal de-escalation is a very important part of practical self-defense and an art. It should be your first line of defense. Many times, you can talk our way out of a situation without resorting to physical action. The best fight is the one you avoided. Let us remember that the ability to talk and de-escalate a situation is a critical part of your training. The main goal of krav maga self-defense training is survival. Krav Maga is a simple, aggressive, easy-to-learn and easy-to-remember system of self-defense. Krav Maga training focuses on principles rather than techniques because no two attacks are ever the same.

What to wear/bring: Wear comfortable clothes since we will be doing movements as a part of the training. Consider dressing in layers as conference rooms can be chilly and we want our bodies warm for the movements. Also, bring a water bottle and a yoga mat or towel.

Cost: $20/per person

Limited Space Available

CE Credits: 3 CE credits

Dr. R. Kent Leckie graduated from Washington State University in 2002 and started his martial arts journey as a 2nd year student. He currently works as a Large Animal Practitioner in Windom, MN, and teaches martial arts. Right now, he is focusing on Krav Maga Self-Defense. As he gets older, he has discovered that he needs something practical that doesn’t hurt, and as always, he wants to give back and support like-minded people.