Shelter Medicine for Veterinarians and Staff
Edited by Lila Miller, DVM; Stephen Zawistowski, PhD, CAAB

VSPN Review by Charlotte Waack, CVT, RVT  Star
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This reference book for animal shelter veterinarians and staff is a comprehensive text that includes information such as housing architecture, nutrition, behavior, surgical techniques, abuse, health plans and exotic care. I feel that this reference is geared more toward veterinarians than staff members, but there is information within the text for everyone involved in shelter medicine.

Thirty seven contributors authored individual chapters in this text. The contributors include veterinarians, wildlife rehabilitation managers, behaviorists, instructors at veterinary teaching hospitals, shelter managers and even an architect. Many of these individuals work in the field of shelter medicine day in and day out and know the challenges in this area of veterinary medicine. There are unique challenges in shelter medicine that are not taught in veterinary school or veterinary technician programs. This text helps to provide information about these challenges and how the practitioner can resolve issues that happen in shelter medicine.

There are five sections in this text: Animal Shelters and Their Functions, Husbandry, Disease Management, Shelter and Community Programs and Animal Cruelty. Animal Shelters and Their Function gives a broad picture of the history of animal shelters, shelter issues, administrative issues and legal concerns of the animal shelter. The chapter on legal issues includes examples of forms such as adoption contracts, surgery release form and certificates issued.

The section on Husbandry is the largest area in this text and includes building design, sanitation, nutrition and animal care (including exotics and equine care). This section is a good reference for basic husbandry, unique diseases and situations you may come across with species such as rabbits, reptiles and wildlife.

The Disease Management section starts with a chapter on goal setting, data collection, monitoring and policy development and should be required reading for all shelter managers. This chapter also includes diseases and this area of the text is geared more toward veterinarians since it includes clinical diagnosis areas. Vaccination protocols encompass a shorter chapter, but remain an important topic in shelter medicine as the patients coming in to shelters are often not vaccinated and are put in a high-risk situation upon entry due to diseases they may encounter. The section concludes with a chapter on disease recognition and diagnostic testing.

The Shelter and Community Programs section includes behavior (the number one reason for owners relinquishing their pet to a shelter), behavioral pharmacotherapy, foster care, spay and neuter surgical techniques, feral cat management, euthanasia and disaster medicine. Many of the chapters in this section address veterinarian-oriented tasks only (prescribing, surgery). The euthanasia chapter includes an area for selection of candidates for euthanasia and methods of euthanasia, a chapter that this reviewer found most interesting.

The Animal Cruelty section includes medical evaluation and documentation, veterinary forensics, investigating equine abuse and animal fighting. While statutes vary state to state on abuse, this section includes information on evaluating husbandry standards, examination and documentation of abuse (including many samples of forms), investigating abuse and even some tips on dealing with the media in these cases.

The editors of this book have done a commendable job in providing a comprehensive and informative text that has something for all who work in shelter medicine. While much of the text is directed at veterinarians, other shelter staff members can use this text as a good reference to help improve conditions at their shelter.

Publisher: Blackwell Publishing (2004)

488 pages; soft cover

ISBN: 9780813824482


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Introduction
Alternative Medicine
Anatomy
Anesthesia/Analgesia
Animal Welfare
Aquatic/Fish
Avian
Behavior
Camelids
Canine
Cardiology
Client Education
Cytology / Hematology / Histology
Dental
Dermatology
Dictionary/Reference
Drugs/Pharmacology
Emergency Med
Endocrine
Epidemiology
Equine
Ethics
Exotics
Feline
Food Animals/Livestock
General
Genetics
Geriatrics
Handling & Restraint
Human-Animal Bond
Imaging & Radiology
Immunology
Infectious Diseases
Internal Medicine
Laboratory Medicine
Microbiology
Multimedia
Neurology
Nutrition
Oncology
Ophthalmology
Orthopedics
Parasitology
Pathology
Pediatrics
Physiology
Physiotherapy
Practice Management
Primates
Rabbits, Rodents & Ferrets
Reproduction
Reptile/Amphibian
Research
Respiratory
Ruminants
Sheep/Goats
Shelter Medicine
 
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Surgery
Swine
Technicians
Toxicology
Urology/Renal
Veterinary Education
Wildlife-Zoo Animals
Zoonoses

Date Published: August 31, 2010

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