Treating and Preventing Parvo

July 2014 by Sandra Newbury, DVM

Audience: Veterinary Team

Video Length: 98 minutes

Few diseases strike as much fear in the heart of animal shelter personnel as canine parvovirus (CPV). Outbreaks can cause widespread death and suffering, and erode community goodwill the shelter depends on when seeking volunteers, adopters and donors.

How can shelters prevent outbreaks of CPV? Can they really save the lives of dogs who may contract the disease or who are exposed to it?

Please join Maddie's InstituteSM and Dr. Sandra Newbury, a faculty member of the Koret Shelter Medicine Program at the University of California, Davis, and an Adjunct Professor of Shelter Medicine at the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine, as she presents Evolving Strategies for Treating and Preventing Parvo in Shelter Dogs.

In this presentation, attendees will learn:

  • The basics of canine parvo virus (CPV)
  • Risk factors contributing to the frequency of canine parvo outbreaks in shelters
  • How to create a clean break between infected/exposed dogs and new admissions without resorting to depopulation
  • More rules and tools for lifesaving intervention during shelter outbreaks
  • New developments in treating parvo in shelters
  • The importance of vaccination and diagnostic testing

Evolving Strategies for Treating and Preventing Parvo in Shelter Dogs is part of an ongoing series of educational programs from Maddie's Institute, the academic division of Maddie's Fund®, providing the most innovative animal welfare information to shelter staff, veterinarians, rescue groups and community members to increase the lifesaving of homeless dogs and cats community-wide.

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!

Sandra Newbury, DVM

Dr. Sandra Newbury is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine with a special interest in infectious disease and population management as it relates to group health. She has been a faculty level team member of the Koret Shelter Medicine Program at the University of California, Davis since 2006, and has a secondary appointment as an Adjunct Professor of Shelter Medicine at the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine.

Dr. Newbury served for six years on the Board of the Association of Shelter Veterinarians and continues to serve as the Chair of the Shelter Standards Task Force of the Association of Shelter Veterinarians as well as on the Board of Directors for Shelter Animals Count, a national shelter database project. She also serves on the Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Association/Wisconsin Federated Humane Societies Joint Task Force on Animal Shelters.

Dr. Newbury's work has focused on clinical studies in infectious disease, immunology, and population medicine to improve understanding of shelter animal health, disease response and animal welfare. In 2010, she was the lead author and one of four editors for the Guidelines for Standards of Care in Animal Shelters.

Dr. Newbury and her son share their home in Madison with several minimally compliant and beloved pets.

Dr. Newbury's position results from a partnership between UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine and the ASPCA.


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