Shelter medicine changes everything for influenza cats in New York City – and beyond

March 21, 2017

When hundreds of cats in the New York City Animal Care and Control shelters tested positive for avian influenza last year, everyone involved set their only goal — saving the cats’ lives. That was a goal they reached, thanks to shelter medicine and the power of collaboration. “The NYACC did not want to euthanize a… Learn More


Getting the Most out of Your Clinical Pathology Samples

Ashleigh Newman, VMD, DACVPSeptember 2016

In order to get the most diagnostic value out of your clinical pathology samples, proper sample collection and preparation is crucial. Learn More


How long do dogs with canine influenza have to be isolated?

July 26, 2016

Animal shelters have been among the places hardest-hit with infections of the H3N2 canine influenza virus since it made its first U.S. appearance in dogs from a Chicago animal shelter. Understanding how to prevent the spread of this respiratory disease is critical to protecting dogs in shelters and the community. One key to preventing transmission… Learn More


What you may not know about heartworm in dogs and cats

April 13, 2016

It’s Heartworm Awareness Month. Do you know as much as you think you do about heartworm disease in dogs and cats? Feline Heartworm Infection: The big surprise! Yes, we said cats. While only 5 percent of cats are on heartworm preventive, the American Heartworm Society reports rates of diagnosed heartworm infections in cats are on the… Learn More


New veterinary vaccine guidelines encourage titer testing in animal shelters

January 19, 2016

Few areas of veterinary medicine have seen greater change than research and recommendations around immunity to disease and vaccination. New guidelines from the Vaccination Guidelines Group (VGG) of the World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA) provide important context and recommendations for both veterinarians and animal shelters in how to put that new understanding to work… Learn More


How long do FIV-infected cats live?

December 15, 2015

You may know Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) isn’t a death sentence for cats. But did you know exactly how it impacts the length of time they live? Would it surprise you to know it doesn’t? At the 2015 NAVC Veterinary Conference, Annette L. Litster, BVSc, PhD, FANZCVSc (Feline Medicine), MMedSci (Clinical Epidemiology), former Director of… Learn More


The Importance of a Physical Examination for Incoming Shelter Animals

Kathleen Makolinski, DVM October 2015

See the fundamentals of a physical examination of cats and dogs, which allows staff members to determine how to best care for animals during their shelter stay. Learn More


Management of Feline Retrovirus Infections

Tiva Hoshizaki, BVSc October 2015

See a comprehensive review of FeLV and FIV in shelters, covering the clinical signs, disease progression, and management of infected cats. Learn More


Medical Treatment for Cats on a Shoestring Budget

Ellen Jefferson, DVM, and Jordana MoerbeFebruary 2015

Austin Pets Alive! Medical Clinic treats thousands of cats a year, many who are straight off of the euthanasia list because of medical conditions such as feline leukemia, FIV, renal disease, hepatic lipidosis, skin problems, viral diseases, and trauma. They save them all and this session is about how they do it.
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Rescuing Cats from the Euthanasia List

Frances Flower, PhDFebruary 2015

Learn how to create a sustainable rescue program that relies solely on volunteers to assess cats on the euthanasia list and save the most lives it can that are out of other options for a live outcome.  Learn More


Fighting Fungus: How to Build a Treatment Program for Cats with Ringworm

Brittany Dell'Aglio-MitchellFebruary 2015

Tens of thousands of cats are euthanized each year solely because they have been diagnosed with ringworm, a highly contagious but highly treatable skin infection about as serious as Athlete’s Foot. Learn how to set up a ward where affected kitties can be isolated from other animal populations and treated until they are cleared of the disease and ready for adoption.  Learn More


Cytology in Clinical Practice

Tracy Stokol, BVSc, PhDJuly 2014

This presentation consists of a review of sample collection, smear preparation and staining of cytology samples. The lecture will conclude with instructions on general slide evaluation for common lesions diagnosed on cytology and clinical cases to practice your skills. Learn More


Hematology in the Emergency Setting: The Value of the Blood Smear Exam

Tracy Stokol, BVSc, PhDJuly 2014

This presentation focuses on the basics of the blood smear evaluation and will be followed by case examples. The main objective of the lecture is to demonstrate a systematic approach to examining a blood smear in order to gain valuable information for patient assessment and management in the emergency setting. Learn More


Cracking the Infection Control Code: Using and Interpreting Diagnostic Tests to Control Infectious Diseases in Shelters

Ronald D. Schultz, MS, Ph.D., Diplomate, ACVMFebruary 2013

Many diagnostic tests can be of tremendous value in helping shelters prevent future outbreaks of infectious disease. Diagnostic testing can also save money and - most importantly - can save animal lives. Learn More


Antibody Titer Tests

Annette Litster, BVSc, PhD, MMedSci, Fellow ACVSCApril 2012

Dr. Annette Litster, Director of Maddie's Shelter Medicine Program at Purdue University, talks about the use of antibody titer tests in animal shelters. Learn More


Using Antibody Titer Tests to Fight Disease Outbreaks in Animal Shelters

April 2012

Would it make a difference at your shelter if you could know within half an hour of admission whether a cat or dog was already immune to parvo, distemper, or panleukopenia? Thanks to the introduction of on-site antibody titer tests, that's not a hypothetical question. In research on antibody titer tests in shelter environments conducted at the University of Wisconsin - Madison, the University of Florida, and Purdue University with funding by Maddie's Fund, these tests have proven to save lives and resources both in preventing and responding to disease outbreaks. Learn More


Saving Lives with Antibody Titer Tests

Ronald Schultz, MS, PhD, DACVMSeptember 2011

Leading vaccine researcher Dr. Ronald Schultz doesn't want to see any more shelter pets die just because they've been exposed to a deadly infectious disease. That's why he offered a shelter a chance to make a different choice during their next outbreak, allowing them to save the lives of 17 dogs. How did they do it? With the use of a simple in-house antibody titer test that revealed which pets had an immunity to the disease. Learn More


Maddie's Laboratory - How to Run In-Clinic Titer Tests

Ronald Schultz, MS, PhD, ACVMAugust 2011

Is your shelter experiencing an outbreak? Or would you like to fast track your transfers from other shelters? Learn about how to run and interpret two of the highly recommended in-clinic antibody titer tests being used by Dr. Ronald Schultz in his laboratory at the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine. Learn More