48th Annual Conference - Together Towards Tomorrow in Transportation

From March 14, 2022 until March 16, 2022

MeridaATA is excited to welcome presenters and attendees from around the world this spring in Mérida, Mexico

Join us as we come together to discuss the latest cutting edge academic research, trending innovation and digitization and other pressing live animal transportation topics.

Handling and transporting live animals is challenging. ATA is striving to encourage connections, facilitate dialogue and ensure that standards and best practices are in place around the world to protect animal welfare at every phase of their journey. We look forward to seeing you at this informative and inspiring conference. 

If you have any questions, trending topics or presenters to suggest, or if you are interested in exploring sponsorship opportunities please connect with the ATA office.

Registration Fees (USD $)

  Early Bird*  Regular
ATA Members  USD $795.00 USD $895.00
Non-Members USD $945.00 USD $1,045.00
Government/Students USD $570.00 USD $670.00
Single Day Registration USD $400.00 USD $500.00

 * Early bird prices available until January 31, 2022


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Recognizing the evolving COVID-19 landscape, ATA is working closely with the venue to mitigate risks as they follow strict health and safety protocols. In the event the conference is cancelled, please note that registration fees will be refunded. 


ATA Conference Sponsorship Opportunities



  • Dr Barbara Padalino, University of Bologna, Italy

    Dr Barbara Padalino, University of Bologna, Italy

    Dr. Barbara Padalino graduated in Veterinary Medicine at the University of Bari (Italy) in 2002 and in 2017 completed her PhD entitled “Transportation of horses and the implications for health and welfare” at the University of Sydney, Australia. 

    She is currently Associate Professor of Animal Science at the University of Bologna, Italy, and a member of the Animal health and welfare panel of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). 

    Horses have characterised all her life; she has been a rider, a driver, a Standardbred horse breeder, an equine veterinarian, and an equine scientist! This is the reason why she has carried out a number of research projects aiming at safeguarding horse welfare. However, her research interests span a number of topics from animal behaviour and welfare to equine internal and sports medicine. 

    She has written more than 100 publications in peer reviewed international journals and conference proceedings on those topics.

    She is an active member of the Animal Transport Association (ATA) and the International Society of Equitation Science (ISES). She is currently leading a project on the effects of air transportation on horse health and welfare, and she is very excited to be a speaker at the ATA Conference! 

  • Dr Peter Fernandez, PJF AgroStrategies Consulting

    Dr Peter Fernandez, PJF AgroStrategies Consulting

  • Nancy Hannaway, Aquaculture, Swine, Equine and Poultry Health Center, USDA APHIS Veterinary Services

    Nancy Hannaway, Aquaculture, Swine, Equine and Poultry Health Center, USDA APHIS Veterinary Services

    APHIS Aquaculture Updates

    Nancy Hannaway D.V.M. is currently the APHIS VS Strategy and Policy Aquaculture, Swine, Equine and Poultry Assistant Director stationed in Fort Collins, Colorado. She is directly responsible for aquaculture and equine commodity health programs as well as non-program species. 

    Prior to her current position, Nancy was the commodity key lead for the Chronic Wasting disease program. Nancy received her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from the Ohio State University and owned and operated a mixed animal practice in Ohio with her husband, Dr. Vincent Morton for twenty years before joining APHIS Veterinary Services in the Ohio field office, first as an Import/Export Veterinary Medical officer and later as the Designated Scrapie Epidemiologist.

    Nancy resides in Timnath, Colorado with her husband, her daughter, Lillian, and their two schnauzers, “Basil” and “Butters”.

  • Robert (Bob) Bishop, Livestock Exporters Association of the USA

    Robert (Bob) Bishop, Livestock Exporters Association of the USA