Did you catch The Role of Psychopharmacology in Shelter Animal Management, presented by Karen van Haaften, DVM, DACVB, earlier this fall? As a follow-up to the presentation, we’re sharing some additional information to support potential adopters of animals who have been prescribed psychotropic medications. These tips will help them understand the full situation and their role in a successful outcome, as provided by Christine Calder, DVM, DACVB, Director of Behavior Services at Midcoast Humane.
To learn more about what’s going on with our colleagues in the field, we’ve been checking in with some agencies to see how they’re faring. Here’s the scoop from Anicira Veterinary Center, a nonprofit veterinary organization dedicated to helping underserved pets and their people; the agency offers low-cost spay/neuter and wellness services at multiple locations in the Virginia/D.
When making veterinary decisions, how do you balance the needs of the individual animal, the shelter population, the community, and your organization’s resources? Dr. Graham Brayshaw, Director of Animal Services at Animal Humane Society, walks you through a process step-by-step.
It’s Thursday, so that means we’re rolling out another brilliant idea in our Innovation Bank of short, pre-recorded webinars. Today we’re highlighting the incredible work of Jon Geller, DVM, DABVP emeritus, and The Street Dog Coalition, a nonprofit that provides free veterinary medical care to pets of the indigent.
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.
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.
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.