Shelter Assessments

November 2011 by Claudia J. Baldwin, DVM, MS, DACVIM, Kiley Maddux, LVT

Audience: Executive Leadership

Video Length: 55 minutes

Imagine a team of skilled shelter veterinarians from all over the country evaluating your shelter from top to bottom - for free. Picture them giving you a list of hands-on, practical steps customized for your facility - steps you can take to prevent disease outbreaks and behavior problems, conserve resources, streamline workload, and, most importantly, save animal lives.

Developed by veterinarians from the Center for Food Security and Public Health at the Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine with a grant from Maddie's Fund, the infection control tool is accessible online to every shelter at no cost. Used correctly, it allows shelters to evaluate their procedures and get guidance on making lifesaving, resource-conserving changes.

The free recorded webcast, which is available for viewing below, will examine the evidence, research and data behind the tool's development, and take you step-by-step through how to:

  • Assess current infection control practices
  • Review assessment results and best practices
  • Identify areas for improvement or reinforcement
  • Create training pages for staff
  • Have staff review material

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 Presenters:
Claudia J. Baldwin, DVM, MS, DACVIM

Claudia BaldwinDr. Claudia Baldwin is the director of the Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine Maddie's® Shelter Medicine Program. Additionally she coordinates surgical rotations, shelter experiences with students, disease investigations, and co-advises the Student Association of Shelter Veterinarians and the ISU Feral Cat Alliance. She is a faculty member of the Center for Food Security and Public Health, the ISU Animal Welfare Program, a board member of the Iowa Federation of Humane Societies and has experience in professional organization and university governance and leadership.

Dr. Baldwin has given over 100 invited presentations at local, state, and national levels and has authored over 90 publications including proceedings, abstracts, posters, book chapters and refereed publications. She is also a member of the organizing committee to develop a specialty in shelter medicine.

Kiley Maddux, LVT
Kiley MadduxCurrently Vice President of Operations, Kiley Maddux has been associated with the Nebraska Humane Society since 2003. A licensed veterinary technician, she has held the following positions during her tenure with NHS: surgery technician, foster care coordinator, and customer service and animal placement manager. In her current role, Kiley insures that all surgical and medical procedures are carried out promptly and efficiently. She supervises the shelter manager, shelter veterinarians, foster care coordinator, foster care assistant and the spay/neuter clinic.


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