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

Review by Kathy Lyon Star
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This book begins with how veterinary medicine has taken a divergent path from shelter medicine. The prevention of disease in an animal shelter requires more than just vaccinations and treatment of diseases. Shelters eventually turn to veterinarians to address the problem of disease transmission, yet veterinarians are not taught the important shelter medicine essentials. Other important topics not taught in veterinary school include shelter design, sanitation protocols, temperament testing, and mass euthanasia. The prevention of disease in animal shelters requires a much more comprehensive approach. A review of the literature seldom reveals any specific data that veterinarians can apply with confidence in a shelter setting.

This book addresses the complete picture of shelter medicine. Chapters include Animal Shelters and Their Functions (pet population dynamics, administrative hurdles, and legal concerns); Husbandry (shelter buildings; sanitation; nutritional issues; dog, cat, small mammal, avian, reptile, equine, and temporary wildlife care); Disease Management (population health plans, infectious diseases, vaccination strategies, disease recognition, and diagnostics); Shelter and Community Problems (behavior problems, foster care, spay and neuter techniques, feral cat management, euthanasia, and disaster medicine); Animal Cruelty (cruelty, abuse, neglect, documentation of abuse, veterinary forensics, equine abuse, and animal fighting).

Thirty-seven contributors make this a landmark book on shelter-veterinary issues. I was interested in the discussions about shelter and community politics and relations between local veterinarians and shelter veterinarians. Since most shelters are operated by the local city or county, there are a multitude of frustrating roadblocks to be overcome, and many of these are addressed in some way in this book. Even the small section on how to deal with the press is a valuable addition.

I feel that this book provides excellent guidelines in dealing with shelters and shelter animals. Even if you are not working with or for a shelter, the information on the operation of a shelter will guide you when helping clients who adopt shelter animals.

Published by Blackwell Publishing (2004).

Soft-cover, 488 pages, some photos, an excellent section of forms.

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 17, 2004

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