Flow-Through Planning

March 2012 by Elizabeth Berliner, DVM, MA

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

Video Length: 86 minutes

Ever wish you had a road map to saving more lives in your shelter? Gathering and understanding data will provide you with exactly that. Please join Maddie's InstituteSM and Drs. Jan Scarlett and Elizabeth Berliner for a special two-part webcast series on using data to save lives.

In part-two, Dr. Elizabeth Berliner, Director of Clinical Programs for Maddie's® Shelter Medicine Program at Cornell University, will share with us how to move animals efficiently through the shelter with practical strategies to reduce their average length of stay, lower daily inventory and incidence of disease, and improve the quality of care.

You will learn:

  • What flow-through planning is all about
  • Why capacity planning is so essential to saving more lives
  • How to calculate your shelter's capacity
  • Using data to identify bottlenecks in your system
  • Strategies to move animals smoothly and successfully through to adoption

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!

Elizabeth Berliner, DVM, MA


Dr. Elizabeth Berliner currently serves as the Director of Clinical Programs for Maddie's® Shelter Medicine Program at Cornell University. She received her Bachelor's in English Literature from Union College in Schenectady, NY in 1991, a Master's in English from Binghamton University in 1993, and her DVM from Cornell University in 2003. She worked as a veterinarian in private practice and in animal shelters in Baltimore, MD before returning to Cornell in January of 2010. She also serves as a consultant and lead field veterinarian for the Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association's Rural Area Veterinary Services Program, which facilitates mobile spay/neuter and preventive medicine clinics in rural areas of the U.S. that are without access to routine veterinary care.



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