49th Annual Animal Transportation Association Conference

From March 13, 2023 until March 15, 2023


Mark your calendars and plan to be in Mérida, Mexico March 13-15, 2023

Innovative Solutions for Today and Tomorrow

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.

Live animal handling and transport is an ever-changing and integral part of economic, social and cultural livelihood. 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 every 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.

Speaker list and registration coming soon. If you wish to be added to the list to receive notification that registration is open please email us ATA office.

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  • Dr. Martha Chavez Niño, APHIS-USDA- IS, Mexico City

    Dr. Martha Chavez Niño, APHIS-USDA- IS, Mexico City

    Martha Chavez has a bachelor’s degree in veterinary medicine and a Master of Science degree in Veterinary Science - Diagnostic Medicine. 

    For (12) years she worked for the Autonomous National University of Mexico at the Veterinary School as a professor of Veterinary Pathology and served as director of the animal diagnostic laboratory her last (2) years. 

    From 1990 to 2001 she was with the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries and Food (SAGARPA) and was involved in different animal health areas such as: the animal diagnostic laboratory, official registry of veterinary products, slaughterhouses and processing companies of animals and animal products under federal inspection, and regulations and control of import and export of animal and animal products. 

    She joined APHIS-USDA- IS, Mexico City as Agricultural Specialist in Animal Health in October 2004 to work on the import and export protocol negotiations for live animals and animal products between the United States of America and Mexico; has responsibility for foreign animal diseases reporting and epidemiology; besides than to attend border crisis at the border about import/export of live animals and animal products.

  • Dr. Montserrat Arroyo, World Organisation for Animal Health

    Dr. Montserrat Arroyo, World Organisation for Animal Health

    Montserrat Arroyo K graduated from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) in Mexico City (Mexico) in 2004, as Doctor in Veterinary Medicine and Animal Husbandry. She later did her Master´s Degree in Preventive Veterinary Medicine (MPVM) at the University of California, Davis in the United States, in 2009.

    She began began her career in the public service in the National Service of Health, Safety and Agri-Food Quality (SENASICA) in Mexico, focusing mainly in the areas of prevention and control of foreign animal diseases for the Mexico-United States Commission for the Prevention of FMD. She later on worked in programs dedicated to the prevention and control of animal diseases at national level.

    Subsequently, she was in charge of the Directorate of Imports and Exports, of the General Directorate of Animal Health, in charge of the management of international negotiations for the establishment of trade in animal products, as well as sanitary measures and cooperation agreements on animal health with third countries. She was head of the National Producer for Veterinary Biologics in Mexico. 

    She has participated as a speaker in numerous scientific and technical conferences and has various publications in scientific and technical journals.

    She has also served as Subregional Representative of the World Organization for Animal Health (WOAH) for the Central American and Caribbean Region, supporting the WOAH Member Countries regionally in the strengthening, surveillance and control of animal diseases in the Central American and Caribbean region. Head of the World Animal Health Information Department, Head of the Regional Activities Department and is currently the Deputy Director General for International Standards and Science of the WOAH.

  • Luc Ledoux, CID Lines

    Luc Ledoux, CID Lines

    CID LINES n.v. an ecolab company (disinfectants and detergents), BELGIUM

    >Jan 1st  2021  Business Development Manager Europe, Poultry specialist 

    – 2020 Business Unit Manager Americas, Africa, Scandinavia and Italy, as an independent agent

    Major achievements: growing from €350,000  in the Americas, Scandinavia, UK  and Africa to > €12 million in 21  years; creating distribution partnerships with BOTH SME AND multinationals (Merial, Boehringer Ingelheim) ; reshaping CID LINES’ catalogues and web site; organising seminars for all Latin American distributors, inaugurated by the Federal Minister of Foreign Trade, organizing maghreb seminars, speaking at conferences on 5 continents, working in team with R&D, regulatory affairs, MARKETING, finance, logistics and  customer service

    Local sales trainings of sales reps from CID LINES’ distributors from India, Germany, Italy, Algeria (2019) Belgium, Colombia, Russia, Belarus and France (2018), Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Pakistan, South Africa (2017) on the Flagship disinfectant Virocid® and Hatchery Hygiene

    Various remote sales trainings via Teams (Sri Lanka, China, Spain, Thailand, Latam, … )


    « Licence Spéciale en Commerce Extérieur », (Master after Master in International Trade), Institut Cooremans (now: Haute École Francisco Ferrer) , Brussels, 1988  

    Master in Applied Economics, Specialization “International Economic and Diplomatic Relations”, EHSAL, Brussels, 1986

    Volunteer Experience or Leadership

    Expert at  NETPOULSAFE (Networking European poultry actors for enhancing the compliance of biosecurity) via University of Ghent (2021)

    President of “Leie Omgeving Beschermen” vzw (Protecting the Environment of the river Leie) 2018- now Advisor for the Belgian Foreign Trade (2000 – 2009)

    Visiting professor at EHSAL Management School “Export management” , Brussels (Master in Export Management) 1988 – 1992