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Rabies vaccination issues in TNR/RTF programs

May 31, 2016

A guest post from Maddie’s Shelter Medicine Program at the University of Florida professor and Million Cat Challenge co-founder Dr. Julie Levy on rabies vaccination issues in TNR and return-to-field programs. How does your shelter respond to the concern about rabies vaccination and duration of immunity/booster vaccine requirements in your TNR/RTF programs? Here is some… Learn More

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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

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Vet to Vet: Tail Vaccination in Cats - Balancing Disease Protection and Cancer Treatment

Julie Levy, DVM, PhD, DACVIMOctober 2013

Research on tail vaccinations in cats, which offer another option to help treat feline vaccine-related sarcomas. Surprisingly, the cats in this study tolerated the injection well. Learn More

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The First 60 Minutes: Animal Sheltering's Critical Hour Presentation

Brian A. DiGangi, DVM, MSAugust 2012

From the minute a dog or cat sets paw inside an animal control vehicle or shelter, the clock is ticking on decisions, procedures and practices that can spell health or illness, even life or death, for that animal. Learn More

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Proper Handling and Use of Vaccines in Animal Shelters

Brian A. DiGangi, DVM, MS, DABVPApril 2012

Given the existence of vaccinations for the most common shelter diseases, why do outbreaks still happen? There are many reasons, but one is that vaccines are sometimes less effective simply because they’re not stored, transported, or handled properly. Learn More

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Redefining Vaccination on Intake

April 2012

Can most infectious disease outbreaks in shelters be halted with just a small change in when animals are being vaccinated? Yes, say leading shelter medicine experts - an opinion borne out by the experiences of shelters that have begun aggressively redefining the idea of "vaccination on intake." Learn More

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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

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The First 60 Minutes: Animal Sheltering's Critical Hour Webcast

Brian A. DiGangi, DVM, MS, DABVPOctober 2011

From the minute a dog or cat sets paw inside an animal control vehicle or shelter, the clock is ticking on decisions, procedures and practices that can spell health or illness - even life or death - for that animal. Find out how decisions made in that first critical hour impact the stress response and susceptibility to disease of sheltered dogs and cats. Learn More

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Vaccination Protocols for Shelter Dogs - What's the Latest Evidence?

Annette Litster, BVSc, PhD, MMedSci, Fellow ACVSCOctober 2011

Is your organization up to snuff with the latest regarding vaccination protocols for your dogs? If not, listen to Dr. Annette Litster, Director of Maddie's Shelter Medicine Program at the Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine, present the latest evidence at the University of Florida's Maddie's Shelter Medicine Conference 2011. Learn More

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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

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The Association of Shelter Veterinarians Guidelines for Standards of Care in Animal Shelters

December 2010

The Association of Shelter Veterinarians produced this comprehensive document to address the lack of guidelines for standards of care currently in existence for animals in shelters. The Guidelines are divided into twelve sections: Management and Record Keeping; Facility Design and Environment; Population Management; Sanitation; Medical Health and Physical Well-being; Behavioral Health and Mental Well-being; Group Housing; Animal Handling; Euthanasia; Spaying and Neutering; Animal Transport; and Public Health. Learn More

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Vaccination at Admission

Julie Levy, DVM, PhD, DACVIM, Jan Scarlett, DVM, MPH, PhDMay 2010

One of the most valuable and cost-effective tools every shelter has to prevent outbreaks of disease in their facility is to vaccinate all animals immediately upon admission. Find out why. Learn More