Designing Shelter Intake Protocols to Optimize Animal Health

September 2016 by Kathy Makolinski, DVM

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

Video Length: 51 minutes

Too often, shelter staff spends a large amount of time providing treatments for sick animals in their care. This presentation explores how the implementation of sound intake protocols can decrease the spread of infectious disease and ultimately save staff time. Appropriate vaccination, administration of anti-parasitic agents, diagnostic testing, and housing of animals upon admission are discussed. Also important is the recognition of sick or injured animals so that care for their immediate needs can be provided. Working smarter through the implementation of well-designed intake protocols will enable your shelter to provide optimal care for all animals. This presentation was recorded at the 2016 ASPCA Cornell Maddie’s® Shelter Medicine conference at Cornell University.

About Dr. Kathy Makolinski

After graduating from the College of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell University, Kathleen worked as an associate veterinarian caring for small companion animals for five years.  She then served as Director of Veterinary Services for a limited admission, not for profit animal shelter.  Since then, Kathleen co-founded and served as president of Feral Cat FOCUS, a community advocacy group for free roaming cats. She also co-founded and served as medical director for Operation PETS, a spay/neuter clinic in Western New York.  She is currently a board member of the Association of Shelter Veterinarians where she is on the Spay/Neuter Task Force and Co-Chairs the Continuing Education Committee.



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