Dermatology in the Shelter: Recognition and Management of Common Conditions

January 2018 by Elizabeth Berliner, DVM, DABVP and Lena DeTar, DVM, DACVPM

Audience: Executive Leadership, Shelter/Rescue Staff & Volunteers, Veterinary Team

Video Length: 63 minutes

Skin conditions are some of the most common ailments of animals entering shelters. Animals coming from cruelty and hoarding cases can be a particular challenge. This quiz-show, case-based workshop will review how to recognize common skin parasites, infections and other conditions, and what to do once they enter your shelter door. Warning, this session could make your skin crawl. This presentation was recorded at the 2017 ASPCA-Cornell Maddie's Shelter Medicine Conference.

About Elizabeth Berliner, DVM, DABVP

Dr. Elizabeth Berliner holds a BA in English literature from Union College in Schenectady, New York, and an MA in English from Binghamton University in Binghamton, New York. In 2003, she earned her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Cornell, and is board certified in Shelter Medicine Practice and Canine and Feline Practice with the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners. She serves on the Association of Shelter Veterinarian's Board of Directors, and the credentials committee for the new shelter medicine specialty. At Cornell, she directs the internship in shelter medicine, trains veterinary students in both classroom and shelter settings, and consults with animal shelters regarding best practices. Her interests include diagnosis, management, and prevention of infectious diseases; animal welfare, veterinary ethics, and decision-making; and innovative outreach programs promoting accessible veterinary care and humane behaviors. Dr. Berliner also acts as seasonal lead veterinarian for the HSVMA's Rural Area Veterinary Services program, which facilitates mobile spay/neuter and preventive medicine clinics in rural areas of the US to communities without access to veterinary care.

About Lena DeTar, DVM, DACVPM

Dr. Lena DeTar is a faculty member at Cornell University's College of Veterinary Medicine. She completed her residency in shelter medicine at the Oregon Humane Society, and her Master's in veterinary science with a Public Health certificate at the University of Florida. She is interested in infectious disease management, preventive medicine, international spay/neuter, education, and animal safety nets.



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