Metrics for Disease Management

July 2012 by Janet M. Scarlett, DVM, MPH, PhD

Audience: Veterinary Team

Video Length: 57 minutes

Metrics are essential to monitoring population health and evaluating the effectiveness of changes in protocols and management strategies. Software packages are now improving the ease with which medical data can be entered. Although some metrics remain challenging to obtain from the software packages at the current time, this hopefully will change in the near future. Dr. Jan Scarlett, Director of the Maddie's® Shelter Medicine Program at Cornell University, an epidemiologist with many years of experience in the field of animal sheltering, shares how to calculate and monitor several pivotal shelter medicine metrics at the ASPCA/Maddie's® Shelter Medicine Conference 2012.

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About Janet M. Scarlett, DVM, MPH, PhD

Dr. Jan Scarlett is a Professor of Epidemiology and Director of Maddie's® Shelter Medicine Program in the College of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell University. She received her DVM at Michigan State University and her MPH and PhD from the University of Minnesota. She is a member of the National Council of Pet Population Study and Policy and the Shelter Medicine Specialty Organizing Committee. Dr. Scarlett is the author of over 100 peer-reviewed publications, and her current interests include using data to enhance the care of shelter animals and to prevent pet homelessness, including the effectiveness of spay/neuter programs. She and her husband share their home with a dog, a new puppy and a cat who can't tolerate other cats!

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