Getting the Most Out of Shelter Medicine

December 2015 by Dr. Cristie Kamiya and Carol Novello

Audience: Executive Leadership, Veterinary Team

Video Length: 93 minutes

Is the missing link to saving more lives, relieving animal suffering, saving money on general operating costs and boosting community goodwill hiding in plain sight in your animal shelter’s spay/neuter clinic?

Shelter veterinarians are not just a set of hands to perform surgery, give vaccines and treat emergencies. They’re a powerful source of experience, knowledge, training and insight that can guide animal shelters to improvements in every area of animal care, including those that cause the most ill-will with community members: low adoption rates, disease outbreaks and poor conditions in the shelter.

Please join us for a free webcast, Getting the Most Out of Shelter Medicine. Join Dr. Cristie Kamiya, Chief of Shelter Medicine, and Carol Novello, President of the Humane Society Silicon Valley, for a comprehensive look at the benefits of giving a veterinarian a policy-making role in shelter operations, and how to make the transition work.

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Attendees will learn:

  • How shelter medicine differentiates from traditional veterinary practice.
  • To understand the shelter veterinarian’s transformative leadership potential.
  • To identify gaps in shelter operations and animal welfare that would benefit from the unique knowledge and experience of the shelter veterinarian.
  • To develop a plan for obtaining veterinary expertise in policy areas through steps such as evolving the role of current veterinary team members, hiring a shelter veterinarian, and/or partnerships with veterinarians in the community.

  • This course has been pre-approved for Certified Animal Welfare Administrator continuing education credits.

    Carol Novello

    About Carol Novello

    Carol joined HSSV as President in September 2010. Prior to being named President, Carol served on HSSV’s Board of Directors for a year. Over the last five years under her leadership, HSSV’s mission results have seen significant increases in intake, adoptions, save rate, and % of animals receiving extended care.  This past fiscal year, HSSV achieved 91% save rate and added a third neighborhood adoption center to continue to make adoptions easier and more convenient beyond its state of the art Animal Community Center. 

    Carol received her MBA from the Harvard Graduate School of Business, and her bachelor’s degree, cum laude, in economics and English from Dickinson College.

    Prior to her involvement with HSSV, Carol was a volunteer dog walker at Palo Alto Animal Services and a puppy raiser with Guide Dogs for the Blind. She is a resident of Los Altos and lives with her two adopted cats Langley and Bodie and adopted dog Tess..

    About Dr. Cristie Kamiya

    Dr. Kamiya joined HSSV as Vice President, Medical Operations in November 2012. For over a year prior to this role, Dr. Kamiya spent Saturdays in HSSV’s surgery suite as a contract veterinary surgeon. In July 2014, Dr. Kamiya stepped in to the role of Chief of Shelter Medicine, overseeing Shelter and Medical Operations.

    Prior to HSSV, Dr. Kamiya worked as a shelter veterinarian in humane societies, municipal shelters, and rescues in the Denver-Boulder areas of Colorado, the greater Phoenix metro area of Arizona, and Northern California.

    Dr. Kamiya holds both a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and a master’s degree in business administration from Colorado State University.

    In July 2013, Dr. Kamiya achieved the capstone of shelter medicine training when she completed a 3-year intensive residency-training program in shelter medicine from the University of California-Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Kamiya is one of just a handful of residency-trained, Shelter Veterinarians in the country.

    Dr. Kamiya enjoys traveling and volunteering with organizations that provide veterinary support for under-served areas in the U.S. and internationally. In her free time, Dr. Kamiya delights in fostering underage shelter kittens, and spending time outdoors with her adopted shelter dogs.

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