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The First 60 Minutes: Animal Sheltering's Critical Hour Webcast 

October 2011

From the minute a dog or cat sets paw inside an animal control vehicle or shelter, the clock is ticking on decisions, procedures and practices that can spell health or illness - even life or death - for that animal. Find out how decisions made in that first critical hour impact the stress response and susceptibility to disease of sheltered dogs and cats in the recorded version of The First 60 Minutes: Animal Sheltering's Critical Hour webcast, available below. You will learn:

  • The importance of solid intake protocols, and how they can increase live release
  • Standard medical health protocols including physical examination, vaccination, de-worming and diagnostic disease testing
  • Tools to identify behavioral needs and ensure good mental health in the shelter environment
  • The importance of preventive healthcare for the individual animal as a means to ensure overall population health and well-being in light of published guidelines for standards of care

This course has been pre-approved for Certified Animal Welfare Administrator continuing education credits.

After viewing the presentation, click here to take the quiz and receive a Certificate of Attendance!

About the Presenter:
Dr. Brian DiGangi

Dr Brian DiGangiBrian A. DiGangi, DVM, MS, DABVP is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Shelter Medicine at the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine.

Board certified in canine and feline practice, Dr. DiGangi completed a three-year residency in shelter animal medicine and was co-founder of the University of Florida Student Chapter of the Association of Shelter Veterinarians. During his student years, he regularly volunteered at the county animal shelter, organized spay/neuter wet labs for students, participated in Operation Catnip for community cats, and fostered animals for local rescue organizations.

His research focuses include cleaning and disinfection in animal shelters; high quality, high volume spay/neuter techniques; and enhancing the welfare of sheltered animals.