Emergency Protocols and Triage in the Shelter - Veterinary Technician Track

September 2016 by Gretchen Schoeffler, DVM, DACVECC

Audience: Executive Leadership, Veterinary Team

Video Length: 55 minutes

Veterinary technicians have a unique and critical role in the management of emergency cases in conjunction with the veterinarian. Understanding the typical clinical presentations and initial treatment of common emergencies, as well as having a plan in place for when such cases occur, is critical for successful outcomes. This session discusses the development of protocols for emergency care of shelter animals and focuses on the triage and initial stabilization of the more common types of cases likely to be seen in the shelter setting. This presentation was recorded at the 2016 ASPCA Cornell Maddie's® Shelter Medicine conference at Cornell University.

About Gretchen Schoeffler, DVM, DACECC

Dr. Schoeffler has been practicing veterinary emergency and critical care medicine since 1996, and serves as section chief of the Emergency Medicine and Critical Care Service. She received her DVM from Texas A&M University. Following graduation, she completed an internship in small animal medicine and surgery at the University of Georgia and a residency in emergency and critical care at Tufts University. She is certified by the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care.


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