KDA To Host Webinar Series For Small Animal Facilities


MANHATTAN, Kansas — The Animal Facilities Inspection program in the Kansas Department of Agriculture’s Division of Animal Health will host a free informational webinar series focused on small animal facilities. The webinar series will take place virtually on Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout June.

The webinars will cover a variety of small animal issues that are of interest to operators, managers, staff and volunteers of pet animal facilities. Each 60-minute webinar will consist of a presentation by a guest speaker, followed by an opportunity for participants to ask questions of the presenters and other KDA Animal Facilities Inspection program staff.

Webinar sessions will be held from noon to 1:00 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday from June 1-24. Topics will include:

  • June 1 — Keynote Session: YOU. In the Pilot’s Seat
  • June 3 — Documentation, Resources and Finances
  • June 8 — Importing Animals
  • June 10 — Animal Cruelty/Abuse
  • June 15 — Tax Information
  • June 17 — Animal Hoarding
  • June 22 — Pet Disaster Preparedness
  • June 24 — Wrap-Up Session

There is no cost to participate, but you must register for each webinar to receive the login access information. Register at:

Ensuring the small animal facilities in Kansas are operating under the guidelines of the Kansas Pet Animal Act is key to furthering KDA’s mission to protecting animal health and providing consumer protection. For more information contact Michelle Florence at or 785-564-6605.

Derek Nester
Derek Nester
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.

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