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Feline Influenza Outbreak in New York City

Dr. Sandra NewburyMarch 2017

When Avian Influenza H7N2 infected cats in a New York City animal shelter, it was the first outbreak of its kind, and the first documented case of cat-to-cat transmission. Learn about the response and the outcome for the cats that were infected.

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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

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Starting a Parvo Program

February 2017

Learn about Austin Pets Alive! Parvo ICU Program and how they treat between 300-500 parvo positive dogs yearly with a survival rate of 85-90%. Learn More

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Shelter Hospital Program at PSPCA

February 2017

In this short presentation, learn how the PSCPA runs their Shelter Hospital Program and a little about what makes it a success. Learn More

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When a kitten dies of FIP, what should shelters do about the rest of the litter?

January 31, 2017

Animal shelters dread it: the death of a single kitten in a litter from feline infectious peritonitis (FIP). How much risk are the littermates at of becoming ill? Should they be kept in isolation from other cats, and if so, for how long? Should they be adopted out? If so, when? And what do you… Learn More

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Treating feline herpes: Getting it right

December 27, 2016

Feline herpesvirus is probably one of the most common causes of feline respiratory disease. How can animal shelters and rescue groups best treat it? In a recent study published in the August 2016 issue of American Journal of Veterinary Research, authors looked at the anti-viral drug famciclovir. Because of unique characteristics of the drug itself,… Learn More

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Saving Parvo Positive Puppies

Dr. Alexis Bardzinski and Jordana MoerbeFebruary 2017

Learn about APA!'s parvo treatment protocols, testing, decontamination, and volunteer participation. Learn More

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San Francisco SPCA Ringworm Program (SPORE)

October 2016

Managing ringworm in homeless pet populations is easier than you think, if you're equipped with a plan and the right tools. Learn More

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Study: What’s on a shelter cat’s mind can can prevent disease

September 20, 2016

Why do shelter cats so frequently get sick or suffer behaviorally? Because they’re essentially being held in a form of captivity, usually one originally designed for an entirely different species, the dog. There are many medical and housing interventions that can reduce the stress of captivity for cats, and they are indeed associated with a… Learn More

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Outpatient Parvo Program

October 2016

Private treatment is out of the financial reach of the very dog owners most likely to have parvo-stricken dogs, find out what you can do to address this issue in your community.
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What if there were no low-cost spay/neuter clinics?

September 6, 2016

What would happen if low-cost spay/neuter programs weren’t available? In a study published in the Sept. 1, 2016, issue of the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, researchers sought to identify the characteristics of people who used a reduced-cost spay/neuter program. They conducted 1,188 anonymous surveys and 99 telephone interviews with cat owners who… Learn More

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The History of High Quality, High Volume Spay Neuter (HQHVSN)

Phil Busby, DVM, MS, ACVSSeptember 2016

Learn the history of HQHVSN, where it started, and how this area has grown over the years. Learn More

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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

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Taking the Teeth Out of Canine Distemper Virus

Dr. Sandra NewburyJuly 2016

Learn how to prevent distemper outbreaks in an animal shelter, how to recognize the disease in its earliest stages, and what to do in response to an outbreak.

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New best practice guidelines for spay/neuter programs from the Association of Shelter Veterinarians

July 12, 2016

High-volume spay/neuter programs come in all shapes and sizes, from standalone clinics, to MASH-style operations, to mobile vans, to in-shelter surgical suites, and more. A task force of experts from the Association of Shelter Veterinarians (ASV) has just released their 2016 guidelines to best practices to ensure excellent animal care in high-volume spay/neuter programs —… Learn More

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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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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

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What animal shelters need to know about the new canine influenza

April 5, 2016

There’s a new cause of canine respiratory disease in town, and it’s something animal shelters need to sit up and take notice of. As if the original canine influenza, first identified in 2004 and dubbed H3N8, wasn’t bad enough, the new virus — N3N2 — presents special challenges both to owned pets and to dogs… Learn More

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Cats can get canine influenza – should cat owners be afraid?

April 1, 2016

Yesterday’s news out of the University of Wisconsin that cats can become ill with the canine influenza virus has some cat owners worried. While there’s still far more unknown than known about this risk, there’s no evidence that anyone needs to panic about their pet cats. UW experts report that the four cats known to… Learn More

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New canine influenza virus can infect, sicken cats

March 31, 2016

Disturbing news was just released by the Shelter Medicine Program at the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine indicating cats as well as dogs can become ill from a new strain of canine influenza virus (CIV), H3N2: [Dr. Sandra] Newbury, in collaboration with Virology Section Head at the Wisconsin Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, Kathy Toohey-Kurth,… Learn More

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Outpatient Parvo Treatment for Dogs

Dr. Jeffrey StupineMarch 2016

Learn about the feasibility of treating symptomatic parvovirus dogs in a twice-daily outpatient setting while minimizing the risk of infection to other dogs in a shelter environment.

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Toys and TLC in animal shelters: Looking beyond adoption rates

March 15, 2016

What if playing and interacting with shelter pets didn’t help them get adopted more easily? Would that be a reason to stop? Absolutely not, and here’s why. A number of studies in recent years have looked at the impact of toys, play, grooming and human interaction on pets in shelters. Some have shown those interventions… Learn More

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Can good science debunk the hype about outdoor cats and toxoplasmosis?

March 1, 2016

A flurry of media articles broke out last year, associating cat ownership and exposure to human mental health problems including schizophrenia, and attributed it to cats as carriers of toxoplasma gondii, a parasitic protozoan. Was the hype justified? No, writes Best Friends Animal Society’s Peter Wolf on Vox Felina, citing an article about a paper… Learn More

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Managing fractures in shelter pets without shortchanging them – or your budget

February 16, 2016

Most private veterinary practices rely on surgery when it comes to certain kinds of broken bones. But when surgery isn't in the cards – or the budget – for your animal shelter, managing those fractures can often be done humanely and effectively without it. That was the message from board-certified veterinary surgeon Dr. Matthew D.… Learn More

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Shelter medicine course opens its webinars to all, #ThanksToMaddie!

February 3, 2016

The University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine’s Maddie’s® Shelter Medicine Course invites all shelter veterinarians, shelter professionals, vet students, and community members to join them for their series of free webinars this semester: This lecture series not only discusses concepts key to sheltering but also helps veterinary students, shelter professionals and volunteers, and members… 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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Getting the Most Out of Shelter Medicine

Dr. Cristie Kamiya and Carol NovelloDecember 2015

Shelter veterinarians are a powerful source of experience, knowledge, training and insight that can guide animal shelters to improvements in every area of animal care. This webcast will take a comprehensive look at the benefits of giving a veterinarian a policy-making role in shelter operations.
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What shelters and rescue groups need to know before examining a neonatal puppy or kitten

December 8, 2015

When it comes to doing a physical exam on a newborn puppy or kitten, does your shelter or rescue group’s care team know what to look for? At the 2015 NAVC veterinary conference, Elizabeth Thomovsky, DVM, MS, DACVECC, of the College of Veterinary Medicine at Purdue University, spoke on “What to Expect in a Neonatal… Learn More

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Where would animal shelters be without veterinary technicians?

October 14, 2015

They’re the all-too-often unsung heroes of veterinary medicine, but we’re going to sing about them here. We’re talking about veterinary technicians, with a special chorus of gratitude for those who go into shelter medicine practice. Veterinary technicians assist in surgery, assess vitals, draw blood, comfort frightened patients, explain procedures to clients and do everything registered… Learn More

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Shelters and rescue groups: Is it time to take the fear out of FeLV?

October 6, 2015

Animal organizations have done a pretty good job of destigmatizing FIV-positive cats, and adopters have begun welcoming them into their families in larger numbers than could have been imagined 20 years ago. But cats who test positive for feline leukemia (FeLV) don’t fare as well in the hands of adoption groups. Is it time to… Learn More

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TLC from humans staves off respiratory infections in shelter cats

September 23, 2015

Cats who receive positive attention from human caretakers while in animal shelters exhibit fewer signs of stress and a lower incidence of upper respiratory disease than cats who don’t. These results, reported in the October 2015 issue of the peer-reviewed journal Preventive Veterinary Medicine, are consistent with the authors’ earlier study on petting shelter cats,… Learn More

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Parvovirus Updates: Recognition, Testing, and Management in the Shelter

Elizabeth Berliner, DVM, DABVPOctober 2015

Hear about newer diagnostic and management protocols, with an eye to practicality and life-saving in a shelter environment. Learn More

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When it's More Than URI: Pneumonia in the Shelter

Elizabeth Berliner, DVM, DABVPOctober 2015

Learn how to recognize and diagnose pneumonia, the underlying pathogenesis and pathology, and the treatment options. Learn More

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There is Way Too Much Toxocara in Dogs and Cats

Dwight D. Bowman, MS, PhD, DACVM October 2015

Review the life cycle, transmission, diagnosis and treatment of this common parasitic infection! Learn More

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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

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Sniffles and Snots: Prevention and Management of Feline Upper Respiratory Disease in the Animal Shelter

Jodi Boyd, DVM October 2015

Learn best practices in preventing upper respiratory disease, with new approaches for managing and monitoring cats in shelter environments which put the LVT at the center of animal health management. Learn More

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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

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Dermatology in the Shelter Setting: Diagnostic Evaluation

William Miller, VMD, DAVC October 2015

Want to find out about in-shelter diagnostic testing in dermatology? Learn More

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Dermatology in the Shelter Setting: Disease Management

William Miller, VMD, DAVCOctober 2015

Recognize and treat the problematic contagious disorders that can be in the shelter animal population. Learn More

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Diarrhea in a Shelter Setting: Do You Have a Firm Handle on it?

Holly Putnam, DVM October 2015

Learn about the latest updates on diarrhea in a shelter setting, from nutritional to viral causes, and diagnostics to treatment plans. Learn More

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What to Do About Ear Problems in Shelter and Foster Home Dogs

Karen Moriello, DVM, DACVDJune 2015

Itching, pain and infection in the ears can be a major hindrance to finding a home for a shelter or fostered dog. That's because the suffering these symptoms cause can affect a dog's personality, as well as raise concern in potential adopters about the difficulty of treating ear problems. Resolving the condition, however, can be difficult for shelters and rescue groups, too. What can they do to help these dogs? Learn More

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Stopping the Scales, Greasiness and Odor of Seborrhea in Shelter and Foster Home Dogs

Karen Moriello, DVM, DACVDMay 2015

Seborrhea in dogs can be caused by underlying skin disease or by a primary skin defect. While not life-threatening, the odor and appearance can make it very difficult to find a home for even the friendliest, most appealing dog. What can shelters and foster homes do to resolve this condition in dogs they're caring for? Learn More

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What Animal Shelters Need to Know About the Canine Influenza Outbreak

Sandra Newbury, DVMMay 2015

No one in animal welfare or veterinary medicine can have missed the news about the outbreak of a new strain of canine influenza that hit Chicago and nearby communities in the last month. This is the first time this strain of the disease has been identified in the United States. Learn More

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How to Stop Itching in Shelters and Foster Homes Cats

Karen Moriello, DVM, DACVDFebruary 2015

Itching is a major reason cats get taken to the veterinarian. While there's no one underlying cause of itching in cats, getting to the bottom of the condition is particularly important due to the overlap in symptoms between contagious and non-contagious infections that may cause itching. How can shelters and rescue groups, with their limited resources, diagnose, treat and prevent this skin disease? Learn More

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Medical Treatment for Dogs on a Shoestring Budget

Alexis Bardzinski, DVM, and Jordana EstradaFebruary 2015

Since Austin Pets Alive! takes almost any animal from the open intake city shelter, regardless of medical issue, we see many diseases in dogs.  We will talk through the worst one, Distemper, as well as others like broken bones, mange, upper respiratory infections, orthopedic issues and much more. Learn More

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Saving Parvo Positive Pups

Katie Kresek and Alexis Bardzinksi, DVMFebruary 2015

Parvovirus is a major killer of dogs and puppies in shelters.  Austin Pets Alive! built the first parvo ward that actively takes parvo-positive dogs from the community and other shelters for treatment and then placement. Learn More

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Engaging the Community & Increasing Quality of Life through Rufftail Runners

Rob Hill and Lindsay MarshFebruary 2015

Learn how a local running group teamed up with a local sportswear store to encourage people to get shelter dogs out on the trail for some fresh air and exercise. The result has seen better-adjusted and healthier dogs who are that much more ready for adoption. Learn More

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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

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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

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FeLV Without Fear

Steve Okino February 2015

Too often, routine euthanasia is the prescription for cats with the Feline Leukemia Virus. That’s changing. Learn More

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How to Stop Itching in Shelter and Foster Home Dogs

Karen Moriello, DVM, DACVDFebruary 2015

Itching is one of the number one reasons dogs visit veterinarians, and it plagues dogs in animal shelters and foster homes just as much. What can be done to give an affected dog some relief and get to the bottom of the underlying cause? Learn More

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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

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Recognizing and Treating Common Dental Conditions in Dogs and Cats

Santiago Peralta, DVM, DAVDCJuly 2014

Dr. Peralta reviews the pathophysiology, diagnosis and treatment of the most common dental diseases of dogs and cats and possible ways to implement adequate dental standards at shelters. Learn More

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Update on Chronic Stomatitis

Santiago Peralta, DVM, DAVDCJuly 2014

This presentation will review the current knowledge regarding the pathophysiology, diagnosis and treatment of chronic stomatitis in cats. Possible recommendations on how to manage chronic stomatitis at a shelter will be discussed. Learn More

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Canine Infectious Respiratory Disease (CIRD)

Stephanie Janeczko, DVM, MS, DABVP, CAWAJuly 2014

Infectious respiratory disease can be a significant challenge affecting the health of dogs in a shelter setting. This presentation provides an overview of the disease complex, discusses causative agents and diagnosis and treatment. Management and preventive strategies are emphasized. Learn More

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Feline Infectious Peritonitis (FIP)

Elizabeth Berliner, DVM, MA, DABVPJuly 2014

FIP is a progressive, fatal disease that may develop in cats following infection with a coronavirus. This session will provide an overview of FIP, covering disease transmission, clinical signs and diagnosis, as well as providing an update on new research that may lead to improved diagnostic testing and treatment. Management and prevention of infection in shelter environments is emphasized. Learn More

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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

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B. gibsoni: What Does it Mean for Your Shelter?

Sarah Kirk, DVMMay 2014

Babesia gibsoni is an intracellular parasite of red blood cells. Watch a case study in the diagnosis and management of B. gibsoni in pit bulls rescued from large-scale fighting rings. Learn More

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An Overview of Feline Heartworm Disease

Brian A. DiGangi, DVM, MS, DAVBP (Canine/Feline)December 2014

We all know that cats are unique. Different from our canine companions in many ways, their physiologic response to heartworm infection is one more thing to add to the list. They’re not just small dogs – and our disease management protocols must be altered to take their unique responses into account. Understanding the disease prevalence, life cycle, clinical signs and prognosis will guide us in the development of rational management protocols for shelter pets. Learn More

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Shelter Medicine Changes Everything

October 2014

In this short documentary film, Maddie's Fund takes a look at how shelter medicine arrived at this moment in time, the role Maddie's Fund played in that journey, and what the future holds for shelters, shelter veterinarians, and the animals whose lives are in their care. Learn More

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Treating the Treatables: Saving Lives Through Medical Protocols, Foster Care and Proactive Thinking

Elizabeth Berliner, DVM, MA, DABVP (Canine/Feline Practice)September 2014

Does your shelter or rescue group have medical protocols in place to care for your pets and for your fostered dogs and cats? Foster programs are critical if we want to help more pets who are facing treatable medical conditions, and to expand the capacity of a community to care for its homeless pets. Learn More

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How Animal Shelters Can Treat and Prevent Heartworm in Dogs

Brian DiGangi, DVM, MS, DAVBPAugust 2014

Heartworm disease is 100% preventable, yet experts estimate one million dogs in the U.S. are infected with the parasite. The challenge of prevention and treatment is particularly acute in animal shelters, which usually receive the dogs when they are already heartworm-positive and face challenges finding resources to treat them. Learn More

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Evolving Strategies for Treating and Preventing Parvo in Shelter Dogs

Sandra Newbury, DVMJuly 2014

Few diseases strike as much fear in the heart of animal shelter personnel as canine parvovirus (CPV). Outbreaks can cause widespread death and suffering, and erode community goodwill the shelter depends on when seeking volunteers, adopters and donors. Learn More

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Treating Heartworm Disease in Shelter Dogs: 500+ Cases (and Counting!)

Natalie Isaza, DVMMay 2014

A diagnosis of heartworm infection in shelter dogs at municipal animal control facilities can be devastating, and most animals with this disease are euthanized. Not many animal shelters or rescue groups can afford the expense of heartworm treatment, and if they can, may be unable to hold an animal through the entire treatment protocol. Learn More

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Vet to Vet: Ponazuril Protocols for Shelters

Staci Cannon, DVMMay 2014

Research on the use of ponazuril for the treatment of coccidiosis in cats and dogs. Learn More

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Vet to Vet: Secnidazole Treatment for Giardiasis

Cynda Crawford, DVM, PhDMay 2014

The use of Secnidazole to treat cats and dogs with giardia infections. Learn More

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Vet to Vet: Serial FIV Serological Results in Cohabiting FIV-Positive and FIV-Negative Cats

Annette Litster, BVSc, PhD, MMedSciMay 2014

Research, risk management and modes of transmission regarding cohabitating FIV-positive and FIV-negative cats. Learn More

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A Protocoled Response to Dog and Cat Diarrhea in a Shelter Setting

Ellen Jefferson, DVM, Executive Director, Austin Pets Alive!April 2014

Every life is precious, but that doesn't mean the concept of "herd health" shouldn't be a guiding principle of the shelter veterinarian. Dr. Ellen Jefferson, whose data-driven approach has helped make Austin, TX, the largest no-kill community in the nation, shows how blanket protocols and procedures give most shelter dogs and cats the best chance to avoid, or recover quickly from diarrhea. Learn More

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Everything Shelters Need to Know About Canine Distemper

Cynda Crawford, DVM, PhDJanuary 2014

Canine distemper outbreaks are a fact of life in animal shelters across the country, and a frequent cause of loss of life for infected and exposed dogs. Learn More

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An Insider's View of Canine Parvovirus in Shelter Dogs

Ronald Schultz, MS, PhD, ACVMDecember 2013

Few people have as intimate a knowledge of canine parvovirus as Dr. Ronald D. Schultz, Chair of the Department of Pathobiological Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, head of the Maddie's Laboratory, and one of the country's leading veterinary vaccine researchers. In this series of videos, he takes viewers inside the fight to identify CPV in the 70s, the struggle to combat outbreaks of infectious disease in shelters, and the rise of new preventive and diagnostic tools for parvo. Learn More

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Give Your Shelter a (Clean) Break from Parvo

Sandra Newbury, DVMDecember 2013

Protect the animals in your shelter from infectious diseases like canine parvovirus without closing your doors entirely. In this video snippet, Dr. Newbury explains the concept of a "clean break." Learn More

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A Shelter-Based Approach to Canine Parvovirus Treatment

Brian A. DiGangi, DVM, MS, DABVP (Canine/Feline)December 2013

There have been many advances in treatment options since the emergence of canine parvovirus (CPV) in the 1970s, and many sheltering organizations have started to embrace various CPV treatment options in their efforts to save more lives. Brian A. DiGangi, DVM, MS, DABVP, guides you through treatment for shelter dogs with CPV, including how to make use of limited resources without compromising patient welfare and a simple algorithm to help shelters make the best treatment decisions. Learn More

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The Human Psychology of Canine Parvovirus

Christie KeithDecember 2013

Everyone in the sheltering world has good reason to fear an outbreak of canine parvovirus (CPV) in their facility. But could that fear be blinding us to new ways of thinking about this disease? Journalist and communications consultant Christie Keith examines the language we use to talk about CPV, and whether or not we are making our decisions based on evidence or fear. Learn More

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An Historical Timeline of Canine Parvovirus

December 2013

Dr. Laurie J. Larson, a veterinarian and scientist working with Dr. Schultz at the Maddie's® Laboratory for Diagnosis and Prevention of Shelter Diseases, collaborated with Maddie's InstituteSM to create an infographic outlining the history of canine parvovirus, from its emergence in the 1970s to the present. Learn More

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Canine Parvovirus Treatment Resource Assessment Algorithm

Brian A. DiGangi, DVM, DABVPDecember 2013

The first step in creating a CPV treatment protocol that is right for your organization is to figure out what resources are available for CPV patient care. The goal of this assessment is to determine which patients can be successfully treated without jeopardizing the health and welfare of those patients or that of the other animals in the shelter. Learn More

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Respiratory Infections in Shelters: Beyond Kennel Cough

Cynda Crawford, DVM, PhDOctober 2013

Assuming a cough is kennel cough just might cause you to miss an important diagnosis. Learn More

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Ringworm Roundup 1: Overview

Sandra Newbury, DVMOctober 2013

Managing ringworm in homeless pet populations can be easier than you think, when you have your eyes open, and equipped with a systematic approach and the right tools. Learn More

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Ringworm Roundup 2: Outbreak Management

Sandra Newbury, DVMOctober 2013

In the second half of "Ringworm Roundup," Dr. Newbury discusses a step-by-step plan for managing any disease outbreak, but with a specific focus on ringworm. Learn More

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Vet to Vet: Canine Circovirus

Cynda Crawford, DVM, PhDOctober 2013

Dr. Cynda Crawford, DVM, PhD and Clinical Assistant Professor for Maddie's Shelter Medicine Program at the University of Florida, discusses the emerging Canine Circovirus. Learn More

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Vet to Vet: Evidence-Based Parvovirus Treatment

Staci Cannon, DVMOctober 2013

Recent findings from a study of outpatient protocols in the treatment of canine parvovirus gastroenteritis. Learn More

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Vet to Vet: Recuvrya - A Novel Approach to Pain Management in the Shelter

Katherine Polak, DVM, MPH, MS, DACVPMOctober 2013

A new kind of medication for treating post-surgical pain in dogs. 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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How, When and Who to Test for Canine Infectious Respiratory Disease Complex

Cynda Crawford, DVM, PhDOctober 2013

How, when and who to test for canine respiratory disease complex (CIRDC), also known as kennel cough. Learn More

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Coccidia in a Shelter Setting

Danielle Boes, DVMJuly 2013

Coccidia is a hearty organism that can cause unrelenting issues in the animal shelter. This talk will review best practices in managing, treating and preventing these organisms in your population. Learn More

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FeLV and FIV

Stephanie Janeczko, DVM, MS, DABVPJuly 2013

Shelters often perform FeLV/FIV tests to determine if these retroviruses are present within the cats that they care for. This presentation reviews indications and proper technique for test performance as well as interpretation of results and implications for cats who test positive. Learn More

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Giardia: For Shelter Staff and Volunteers

Tiva Hoshizaki, DVMJuly 2013

Giardia is a hearty organism that can cause unrelenting issues in the animal shelter. This talk will review best practices in managing, treating and preventing these organisms in your population. Learn More

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Taking the Bite Out of Rabies: Are You at Risk in the Shelter?

Andrew Newmark, DVM July 2013

Rabies kills approximately 70,000 people annually worldwide. Animals enter our shelters daily with unknown rabies vaccination status, and have possibly had contact with rabid animals. Learn More

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Toxoplasmosis: Truth, Fiction, and Crazy Cat Ladies?

Elizabeth Berliner, DVM, MAJuly 2013

Toxoplasmosis has been in the popular news a lot lately, and cats often get blamed as the source of human infections. This review of current research will attempt to separate fact from fiction and provide staff and volunteers with information regarding the risks in working with the cats in their care. Learn More

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Update on FIV: What Every Shelter Needs to Know

Annette Litster, BVSc, PhD, MMedSciApril 2013

There is new information about FIV that can help shelters diagnose, treat and care for cats who test positive for the virus. Dr. Annette Litster, Director of Maddie's Shelter Medicine Program at Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine, discusses her 5-year study which follows 89 pairs of age and sex-matched cats; each pair is composed of one FIV-positive cat and one FIV-negative cat. Learn More

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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

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The ABCs of Treating Shelter Pet Diarrhea

Elizabeth Berliner, DVM, MAJanuary 2013

Dr. Elizabeth Berliner outlines the basics of treating shelter pet diarrhea. Learn More

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Will People Adopt a Pet with Diarrhea? You Bet!

January 2013

Think adopters can't handle diarrhea? Think again. We reached out to pet owners who adopted dogs and cats suffering from loose stool and digestive problems, and found that it didn't scare them off. In most cases, the pets responded quickly to the same basic treatment outlined by the experts we spoke to in this issue. In a few instances, the course was a little tougher, but these adopters stuck to it. Check out this slideshow with these happy endings! Learn More

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Don't Run from Diarrhea: Easy Steps for the Prevention and Management of Diarrhea in Shelter Dogs and Cats

January 2013

Diarrhea is common in shelter cats and dogs, whether caused by stress, diet change, parasites or pathogens. While there are serious illnesses associated with diarrhea, in most cases, it's easily treatable and often at a very small cost. Dr. Barbara Hanek, Dr. Heather Budgin, and Dr. Elizabeth Berliner share their experience with beating diarrhea and their tips on how your organization can do the same. Learn More

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The Role of Nutrition and Diet in Shelter Dog and Cat Diarrhea

January 2013

The prevalence of nutritional-caused diarrhea in shelter dogs and cats. Learn More

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Fixing the Feline Housing Crisis: How Shelter Housing Can Make Cats Sick - And What You Can Do About It

Sandra Newbury, DVMOctober 2012

Cats are extremely sensitive to noise, crowding, and stress - three things that are in abundant supply in many animal shelters. These adverse conditions often lead to illness in sheltered cats, particularly the most common of all feline shelter diseases, upper respiratory infection (URI). Learn More

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Knocking the Snot Out of Feline URI: Saving Shelter Cats' Lives with Treatment and Prevention

Kate F. Hurley, DVM, MPVMSeptember 2012

Feline upper respiratory infections are killers. The Association of Shelter Veterinarians list it as the number one health issue in shelters, where stress and close quarters provide the perfect conditions for both exposure and illness. Can shelters really beat URI? Can outbreaks be prevented, or once started, stopped? Learn More

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Parvovirus: An Integrated Communication Strategy is Part of Treatment

Lesli Groshong, DVMAugust 2012

When approached from a team perspective, an outbreak of parvovirus does not need to be a crisis in your shelter. 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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Treating Canine Distemper Virus

Dr. Ellen Jefferson, DVMAugust 2012

In an effort to save all the injured and sick animals at the city shelter, Austin Pets Alive (APA) developed a program for parvovirus treatment and a protocol for distemper treatment. Learn More

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Treating Canine Parvovirus

Ellen Jefferson, DVMAugust 2012

As part of their overall effort to save all the injured and ill animals at the city shelter, Austin Pets Alive (APA) developed a program for parvovirus treatment and a protocol for distemper treatment. Learn More

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How Animal Shelters Are Beating Ringworm (And Yours Can, Too!)

Karen Moriello, DVM, DACVDJuly 2012

Ringworm. An outbreak - even one suspected case - can cause a corresponding outbreak of despair in shelter staff. How will they handle it? Can they disinfect the shelter? Can the cats or kittens be treated, or is it too risky? What about the impact on adoptions and the foster care program? Learn More

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Don’t Be a Fomite! Principles of Disease Transmission in Shelters

Erin Henry, VMDJuly 2012

Animal shelters can be a breeding ground for infectious diseases. Dr. Erin Henry shares common methods by which diseases are spread through a shelter. Learn More

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Guidelines for Standards of Care in Animal Shelters

Sandra Newbury, DVMJuly 2012

Dr. Sandra Newbury reviews these ground-breaking guidelines which are based on the "Five Freedoms” and are designed to achieve outcomes that protect the health and well-being of sheltered animals regardless of the mission of the organization. Learn More

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Housing for Health and Wellness

Sandra Newbury, DVMJuly 2012

Animal housing and environmental specifications that consider the physical and psychological well-being of animals in shelters. Learn More

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How Clean is

Natalie Lowry, DVMJuly 2012

Effective cleaning and disinfection practices that can result in an improvement in infectious disease control and an increase in lifesaving. Learn More

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Lifesaving Intake Protocols and Preventive Health Care Strategies

Elizabeth Berliner, DVM, MAJuly 2012

Intake procedures and ongoing activities designed to protect shelter animal health and wellness. Learn More

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Metrics as a Tool for Disease Management

Janet M. Scarlett, DVM, MPH, PhDJuly 2012

Metrics are essential to monitoring population health and evaluating the effectiveness of changes in protocols and management strategies. Learn More

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Metrics as a Tool for Managing Infectious Disease in the Shelter

Janet M. Scarlett, DVM, MPH, PhDJuly 2012

Population management involves the integration of disease recording as it occurs, and the calculation and monitoring of key disease metrics over time. Learn More

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Panleukopenia and Parvovirus: Updates, Diagnostic Testing and Management of Outbreaks

Elizabeth Berliner, DVM, MAJuly 2012

Dr. Berliner shares relevant updates on panleukopenia and parvovirus, a description of diagnostic tests that are available, and recommendations regarding management of such diseases in the shelter environment. Learn More

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Zoonoses

Andrew Newmark, DVM July 2012

Dr. Newmark discusses zoonotic diseases that are commonly seen in animal shelters as well as strategies for their prevention and control. Learn More

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Crisis Care Management – 43 Puppies with Parvo Saved!

Barbara Hanek, DVMMay 2012

Dealing with Parvo, a deadly and highly contagious virus, is scary – especially in an animal shelter with the continual influx of vulnerable animals. Watch this clip taken from Dr. Hanek’s presentation at HSUS’ EXPO 2012 and hear how PAWS Chicago managed a crisis of 43 puppies with parvovirus – at the same time! Learn More

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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

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Insights on Treating URI in Animal Shelters

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

Dr. Annette Litster, Director of Maddie's Shelter Medicine Program at Purdue University, talks about her latest research findings on treating upper respiratory infection in dogs and cats in animal shelters. Her research was conducted at PAWS Chicago. 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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Sanitation to Save Lives

Kate Hurley, DVM, MPVMMarch 2012

Dr. Hurley discusses sanitation in animal shelters at Tony La Russa's Animal Rescue Foundation's 8th annual The Business of Saving Lives conference. Learn More

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Do-It-Yourself Shelter Assessments: Learning to Use Maddie’s Animal Shelter Infection Control Tool

Claudia J. Baldwin, DVM, MS, DACVIM, Kiley Maddux, LVTNovember 2011

Imagine a team of skilled shelter veterinarians from all over the country evaluating your shelter from top to bottom - for free. Picture them giving you a list of hands-on, practical steps customized for your facility - steps you can take to prevent disease outbreaks and behavior problems, conserve resources, streamline workload, and, most importantly, save animal lives. Learn More

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Being an Antibiotic Watchdog

Cate McManus, VMD, MPH, Diplomate American College of Veterinary Preventative MedicineOctober 2011

Antibiotic use in the animal shelter is practically unavoidable, however the use of antibiotics must carefully be weighed. Listen to Dr. Cate McManus, VMD, MPH, DACVPM, and third year Maddie's Shelter Medicine Resident at the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine, share challenges, risks, and guidelines for antibiotic use in animal shelters. 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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Diagnosis and Treatment of Protozoal Infections in Shelters

Laura Andersen, DVMOctober 2011

Protozoal infections in shelters are not always easy to deal with. Learn from Dr. Laura Andersen, third year Maddie's Shelter Medicine Resident at the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine, as she shares her latest research findings and ways shelters can use this information to diagnose, treat and manage protozoal infections in animal shelters and rescues. Learn More

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Managing Feline Panleukopenia in a Shelter

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

Dr. Annette Litster, Director of Maddie's Shelter Medicine Program at the Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine presents a talk at the Purdue/Maddie's Shelter Medicine Symposium 2011 on Managing Feline Panleukopenia in a Shelter and shares some of her latest research findings. Learn More

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More Than Medicine - The Veterinarian's Role in Daily Rounds (Parts 1 and 2)

Brian A. DiGangi, DVM, MS, Diplomate AVCIM and Stephanie Jacks, DVM, PhD, Diplomate AVCIMOctober 2011

Dr. DiGangi and Dr. Jacks will discuss how to create a Daily Veterinary Rounds Team and integrate its functions into shelter operations. They will also share practical tips and techniques for ensuring efficient and effective daily rounds. Learn More

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Pain Management in Animal Shelters – How Do We Know They Hurt?

Sheilah Robertson, BVMS (Hons), PhD, MRCVS, Diplomate ACVAA, ECVAA DiplomateOctober 2011

Animals undergoing anesthesia and surgery do go through pain and there is a lot that can be done to help minimize their pain, stress and discomfort. Learn More

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Streptococcus zooepidemicus - An Emerging Pathogen in Shelters

Cynda Crawford, DVM, PhDOctober 2011

An emerging disease is causing deadly concern to homeless dogs in animal shelters. Listen to Dr. Cynda Crawford, Clinical Assistant Professor in Maddie's Shelter Medicine Program at the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine, present at the UF Maddie's Shelter Medicine Conference 2011 on Streptococcus zooepidemicus. Although this is an uncommon bacteria found in dogs, this is a real concern for dogs in shelters. You will learn what the organism is, the clinical presentation of infected dogs, how to diagnosis it and how to treat and manage this disease in an outbreak. Learn More

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Training Experts in Shelter Medicine

Julie Levy, DVM, PhD, DACVIMOctober 2011

Training experts in shelter medicine is a relatively new field in veterinary medicine. Listen to Dr. Julie Levy, Director of Maddie's Shelter Medicine Program at the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine, share what is involved with this specialized training and the exciting opportunities the field brings to animal sheltering. 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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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

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Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLV) Testing in Animal Shelters

Kate Gollon, DVMAugust 2011

Dealing with Feline Leukemia (FeLV) in animal shelters can be complicated. Listen to Dr. Kate Gollon, DVM and Swanson Intern in Shelter Medicine at Maddie's Shelter Medicine Program at Cornell University's College of Veterinary Medicine, talk about why to test for FeLV, which cats should be tested, what kinds of tests are available, testing kittens, and test results and disease progression. Learn More

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FIV Testing in Animal Shelters - Why, Who and When?

Nicole Putney, DVMAugust 2011

Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) is a viral infection of cats. Although the prevalence is low, it is still a concern for homeless cats in shelters. Listen to Dr. Nicole Putney, Maddie's Intern in Shelter Medicine at Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine present FIV Testing in Shelters: Why, Who and When? 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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Beating Ringworm in Shelter Cats: Yes, You Can

May 2011

Find out how the Dane County Humane Society’s cutting edge ringworm protocols are leading the way to positive outcomes. Learn More

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Maddie's Lab Saves Seventeen Shelter Dogs

February 2011

Information on how to get free diagnostic testing to save pets' lives in shelters. 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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Cleaning and Disinfection

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

It's essential for shelter managers to develop good written cleaning and disinfection protocols and to train staff to adopt these procedures. Here are essential steps to take to ensure proper sanitation. Learn More

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Control of Infectious Disease

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

One of the goals of a good shelter medicine program is to stay on top of new knowledge about animal health, and to share that knowledge with staff and volunteers. Learn what important steps you need to take to prevent disease transmission in shelters. Learn More

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Elements of a Model Shelter Medicine Program

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

If your shelter isn't well-managed, there will be disease. Find out why good shelter medicine depends on understanding the role played by every single person who comes in contact with each shelter pet. Learn More

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Thoughts on Preventing Disease Outbreak

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

Disease outbreaks can threaten the lives of every animal in a shelter. Is there a solution? Common mistakes can be avoided. This video discusses some of the proven procedures that help maintain a good wellness program. 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