March 2019 by Alexis Bardzinski, DVM Medical Director, Austin Pets Alive! and Jennifer Wilcox, DVM Director of Vet Services, Pima Animal Care Center
Audience: Executive Leadership, Shelter/Rescue Staff & Volunteers, Veterinary Team
Video Length: 42:38
Contagious Diseases: Euthanasia is Not the Answer
In Texas, there are no shortages of disease outbreaks and they can be devastating to the entire operation and community. In this session, two veterinary experts will discuss how to handle them medically, handle the PR, and handle the operations that must continue. This presentation was recorded by Maddie's Fund® at the 2019 American Pets Alive! Conference.
About Alexis Bardzinski, DVM
Dr. Alexis Bardzinski is the medical director at Austin Pets Alive!. She is from Jupiter, Florida, and obtained her doctorate of veterinary medicine at Mississippi State University. Initially, she came to Austin to complete an internship in equine veterinary medicine, and then afterwards began working in shelter medicine and performing high volume spay/neuter surgeries. She has been working as a veterinarian at Austin Pets Alive! for just over five years and currently resides in Austin with her cattle-dog Paisley and crazy cats Kase and Sake.
About Jennifer Wilcox, DVM
Dr. Jen Wilcox is the Director of Vet Services for Pima Animal Care Center (PACC) in Tucson, AZ. After completing a PhD in conservation genetics at University of Colorado, Dr. Wilcox volunteered at a local shelter during her years of post-doctoral research at Univ. of Arizona. The shelter animals compelled her to shift her professional goals, and Wilcox finished her veterinary degree at Univ. Wisconsin in 2008. She returned to Tucson as a shelter vet, and eventually became medical director at Humane Society of Southern Arizona, she moved to PACC as their first "shelter" vet 5 years ago. PACC presented abundant challenges as the largest open admission municipal shelter in Southern Arizona. Community support toward PACC shifted dramatically in 2014 when life-saving medical stories were broadcast and key programs successfully launched.