Medical, Behavior, & Operations working together—yassss! You can see it in action at the 7 centers run by County of Los Angeles Department of Animal Care & Control, thanks to a cohesive program and inclusive decision-making process created by Senior Veterinarian, Dr. Maria Solacito, and Allie Waszmer, CTC, CDBC, Behavior Division Manager.
Collaborating works—and it starts with communication. You can see this in action at the 7 centers run by County of Los Angeles Department of Animal Care & Control.
On June 1, #SpayTogether was launched to help shelters and veterinary clinics catch up after COVID-19 forced the temporary suspension of spay/neuter surgeries. The goal of this historic collaboration? 50,000 spay/neuter surgeries in 3 months.
Have you registered for the Spring Conference for Animal Welfare yet? Hundreds of your colleagues have, and we cannot wait to connect with you all this June 16-17. We checked in with The ASPCA’s Erin Doyle, DVM, DABVP, Senior Director, Shelter Medicine, who will be sharing evidence-based approaches to caring for underage kittens in the shelter setting.
Spring Conference Superhero Session: “Pharmaceutical Challenges in Sheltering” with Dr. Lauren Forsythe
We’re thrilled to see so many of you have registered for the Spring Conference for Animal Welfare, and we get more excited with each passing day about this chance to connect. We checked in with presenter Lauren Forsythe, PHARMD, DICVP, FSVHP, Pharmacy Coordinator, University of Illinois Veterinary Teaching Hospital, who will be covering recordkeeping and reducing costs for compounded and commercial meds.
Now more than ever, minimizing in-shelter populations of animals is essential. a.
Following yesterday’s publication of “Interim recommendations for intake of companion animals from households where humans with COVID-19 are present,” the University of Wisconsin-Madison Shelter Medicine Program has made available a sample protocol that you can customize for your shelter. The protocol addresses intake exams, housing, in-shelter daily care, and release.
Based on the animal sheltering and rescue world’s response to Dr. Julie Levy’s Open Letter to the Field: Why We Must Suspend Spay/Neuter Now, we know you are coming to terms with this topic and have many questions.
In my open letter to the animal welfare community, I have tried to summarize the evidence-based reasons underpinning our call to suspend routine spay/neuter surgery – to preserve supplies, staff safety, and health care capacity. This advice, which reflects recommendations by the shelter veterinary community, is a well-reasoned and dispassionate accounting of risk vs benefit.
From: Julie Levy, DVM, PhD, DACVIM, DABVP, Fran Marino Endowed Professor of Shelter Medicine Education, Maddie’s Shelter Medicine Program, University of FloridaTo: My colleagues in animal welfareSubject: Why must we suspend spay-neuter surgery during the pandemic I’ve spent my career studying, training, and advocating for spay/neuter in all of its incarnations – pediatrics, HQHVSN, TNR, MASH – even when it was unpopular. I never thought I would be advocating otherwise.