To Test or Not to Test: That is the Question

December 2018 by Brian A. DiGangi, DVM, MS, DABVP, Senior Director, Shelter Medicine, ASPCA

Audience: Shelter/Rescue Staff & Volunteers, Veterinary Team

Video Length: 41:28

Proper disease diagnosis allows for appropriate treatment, an accurate prognosis, and in the shelter setting, can guide operational decisions and ensure efficient resource allocation.

This presentation discusses the indications for both individual animal and population level testing in the shelter environment. Viewers learn the principles of designing a testing strategy that is feasible in their shelter including how to apply this strategy to typical clinical case scenarios. During the interactive portion of this session viewers can review the Snout Fever Analyses handout provided in the resource column on this web page, or, if you are viewing this on Maddie's University, find the .pdf in the course folder.

This presentation was recorded at the 2018 ASPCA-Maddie's® Cornell Shelter Medicine Conference.

About Dr. Brian A. DiGangi

After earning his DVM at the University of Florida in 2006, Dr. DiGangi completed a rotating internship in small animal medicine, surgery, and critical care, a residency in Shelter Animal Medicine, and received his MS in Veterinary Medical Sciences in 2010.

He has published research on canine heartworm disease, veterinary field clinics, feline adoption, pregnancy detection and immunology. He is board certified in both Canine and Feline Practice and Shelter Medicine Practice by the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners.

He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the American Heartworm Society and served two terms as President of the Association of Shelter Veterinarians. Prior to joining the ASPCA, Dr. DiGangi was a Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Florida.


 

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