Metrics for Managing Infectious Disease

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

Audience: Veterinary Team

Video Length: 45 minutes

Infectious diseases are still the single biggest threat to keeping shelter animals healthy during their shelter stay. Quick recognition, accurate reporting and appropriate responses are the key to preventing the spread of infectious disease. Population management involves the integration of disease recording as it occurs, and the calculation and monitoring of key disease metrics over time. Dr. Jan Scarlett, DVM, MPH, PhD, and Director of Maddie's® Shelter Medicine Program at Cornell, talks about what types of data to track and what metrics to calculate and monitor 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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