Managing a Feline Panleukopenia Outbreak in a Shelter

August 2017 by Dr. Amanda Dykstra

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

Is your shelter's veterinary team ready to manage a feline panleukopenia outbreak?

In a free webcast co-presented by Maddie's Fund® and the Association of Shelter Veterinarians, Managing a Feline Panleukopenia Outbreak in a Shelter, Dr. Amanda Dykstra of the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine will review outbreak response in a shelter environment.

She will guide veterinarians and veterinary technicians through active participation in an outbreak investigation scenario. This will include a walk-through of the shelter with photos as well as an overview of the shelter's history, live release rate, available resources, findings from an earlier consult in the same shelter for feline upper respiratory tract disease.

This process is designed to develop the team's ability to respond to outbreaks of infectious disease in a shelter situation.

Topics covered will include:

  • Initial triage
  • Population- and individual-level risk analysis
  • Differential diagnoses based on clinical signs in population
  • Diagnostics, including how many and which cats to test
  • The use of antibody titers to divide the population into groups
  • Medical treatment
  • Barriers to care/treatment at this shelter vs options other shelters may have
  • Plans for facilitating adoptions and stakeholder communications
  • Future prevention and long-term goals

The live presentation of Managing a Feline Panleukopenia Outbreak in a Shelter, and the corresponding AAVSB RACE CE, will be open to veterinarians and veterinary technicians who are members of ASV, and to veterinary professionals who become a member of ASV. Please register on the ASV website below. The live presentation is on Thursday, August 24, at 9 PM Eastern. The presentation will last for 90 minutes, including an opportunity for Q&A.

 To Register: login or become an ASV member here


Note: The on-demand version of the webcast will be available to the public on the Maddie's Fund website beginning August 25, 2017.

This program was reviewed and approved by the AAVSB RACE program for 1.5 hours of continuing education in jurisdictions which recognize AAVSB RACE approval. Please contact the AAVSB RACE program if you have any comments/concerns regarding this program's validity or relevancy to the veterinary profession.

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

About Amanda Dykstra, DVM

Dr. Amanda Dykstra is a graduate of Iowa State University and has been practicing shelter medicine in various capacities for approximately 13 years. She completed a Fellowship with UC Davis and is working to complete her Masters in Public Health at the University of Tennessee. She teaches shelter medicine and high volume spay/neuter techniques at the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine, and provides consultation services to shelters in East Tennessee.


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