Kerri Morgan, who won two bronze medals at the London 2012 Paralympic Games, will deliver the opening keynote for Petfood Forum 2013 on Tuesday, April 16. She will appear with her public access dog Twix, who accompanies her almost everywhere she goes.

An instructor in the Department of Neurology and Program in Occupational Therapy at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, USA, Morgan will talk about assistance dogs and their value to their owners. She will also discuss organizations that provide these dogs, such as CHAMP (Canine Helpers Allow More Possibilities), a program with which she works in her classes and that provided Twix to her.

Her keynote address will kick off the conference portion of Petfood Forum 2013, which runs April 15-17 at the Renaissance Schaumburg near Chicago, Illinois, USA. Early bird registration is now available.

Morgan is an avid wheelchair athlete who was the first woman selected to the US Quad Rugby National Team in 2009. She is currently on the US Track and Field team, which she represented in London this year.

Morgan received a master’s of science degree in occupational therapy from Washington University in 1998, where she is also pursuing a doctorate in movement science. Previously, she served as a White House intern in the Presidential Personnel Office and at Devonshire Hospital in the Occupational Therapy Department in London, England.