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VIN CE Course MULT105-0114: How to Help Your Local Shelter - Guidelines for Standards of Care in Animal Shelters

Enrollment is closed.

Miranda Spindel, DVM, MS
Kathleen Makolinski, DVM
Stephanie Janeczko, DVM, MS, DABVP

COURSE OPEN: January 8-February 4, 2014
REAL TIME SESSIONS (RTS): Wednesdays, January 15, 22, 29 and February 5; 8:00-9:30 pm ET (USA)
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Practice Sessions: In order to prepare you for a successful experience in your CE course, we request you attend a Practice Session prior to the first Real Time Session. Please arrive promptly at the start time; each Practice Session is up to 1 hour in length. For more information, please visit the CE Practice Area.

*The instructors for this course will be using audio which will require you to have a headset or speakers to listen. If you have any concerns regarding your computer's audio capabilities, please be sure to attend one of the Practice Sessions.

Level and Prerequisites: This basic course will be open to veterinarians and veterinary technicians interested in playing a direct role in improving their community's animal shelter and/or shelter animal health and well being. The course is primarily aimed at those with minimal shelter experience but all interested are encouraged to enroll.
VIN CE Course: Open to veterinarians and veterinary technicians. This course has been RACE approved for veterinarians and veterinary technicians. The Veterinary Information Network (VIN) is RACE Provider #22.

Course Description:
Shelter animal health and welfare will improve if more veterinarians and technicians are trained and comfortable providing constructive feedback to shelters that can be implemented regarding health care practices. There is currently only a small pool of qualified veterinarians called upon to perform these evaluations. Recently, the Association of Shelter Veterinarians published Guidelines for Standards of Care in Animals Shelters - a document intended for anyone wishing to help shelters meet the needs of and improve the lives of sheltered companion animals. It is anticipated that more shelters may want such assistance now that standards of care are defined. This course is intended to help veterinarians and technicians, who may not have an extensive background in shelter medicine but are interested in being of assistance in their communities, become more familiar with current best practice interventions.

This course consists of four (4) 90-minute Real Time Sessions, supplemental library materials, interactive message board discussions, and a mandatory end-of-course test. Successful completion (scoring 80% or better) on the end-of-course test is required to earn a certificate of completion for the course.

Upon completion of this course, the participant should be able to Course Materials: Course materials will be available in the course library prior to each Real Time Session.

Required Textbook(s):There is no required textbook for this course.

About the Instructors:
The four veterinary instructors of this course make up the ASPCA's Veterinary Outreach Department.

Dr. Lila Miller is editor of "Shelter Medicine for Veterinarians and Staff" and "The Management of Infectious Diseases in Shelters", a member of the National Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners and National Board of Medical Examiners, serves as Adjunct faculty at Cornell and Pennsylvania Veterinary Schools, and lectures extensively at veterinary colleges and conferences nationally and internationally. She has previously taught courses on anti-cruelty and shelter medicine on the Veterinary Information Network. Dr. Miller received the 2008 AVMA Animal Welfare Award and the 2005 AAHA Hills Animal Welfare and Humane Ethics Award.

Dr. Miranda Spindel initiated and completed the second shelter medicine residency in the world advised by Dr. Michael Lappin. She leads ASPCA shelter evaluations and teaches shelter medicine education programs, including at Colorado State University where she is an affiliate professor. Dr. Spindel is trained and active in shelter disaster response, and she is the shelter medicine consultant here on VIN.

Dr. Stephanie Janeczko completed the first shelter medicine residency at Cornell University and is board certified in canine and feline practice by the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners. She is a board member and 2013 President of the Association of Shelter Veterinarians and provides intense hands-on support and consultation on shelter medical programs in New York City. Dr. Janeczko lectures nationally at a variety of seminars and conferences for animal welfare and veterinary professionals and is an adjunct associate professor at LaGuardia Community College, teaching a course of animal sheltering and shelter medicine to veterinary technician students.

Dr. Kathleen Makolinski manages the Veterinary Outreach grants program and heads ASPCA spay/neuter consultations. She is a co-founder of Feral Cat FOCUS and helped to implement a stationary spay/neuter clinic in western New York. She assists various spay/neuter programs implement high quality protocols, increase spay/neuter capacity, and best target animal populations for spay/neuter.

Course Outline:
Week 1 (Real Time Session January 15, 2014)
Instructor(s): Dr. Lila Miller
Content: Introduction to the Association of Shelter Veterinarian's Guidelines for Standards of Care in Animal Shelters

Week 2 (Real Time Session January 22, 2014)
Instructor(s): Dr. Miranda Spindel
Content: How to Help - Shelter Assessing Based on the Guidelines

Week 3 (Real Time Session January 29, 2014)
Instructor(s): Dr. Kathleen Makolinski
Content: How to Help - Spay/Neuter Guidelines

Week 4 (Real Time Session February 5, 2014)
Instructor(s): Dr. Stephanie Janeczko
Content: How to Help - Physical and Mental Well-Being


Tuition: Member $120 ($108 early bird special if enrolled by December 26, 2013)
Non-Member $201 ($181 early bird special if enrolled by December 26, 2013)

*To ensure participants are ready and prepared for classes, enrollment will close at 5pm ET January 15, 2014 or when the maximum number of participants is reached.

*For more information on how online CE works, see the Participant Resource Center.

Enrollment is closed.
  1. Enrollment qualifications: VIN CE courses are open to VIN member and non-member veterinarians. Veterinarians enrolling in a VSPN CE course must be a VIN member. Veterinary support staff must be a VSPN member to enroll in a VSPN CE or a VIN CE course open to VSPN member enrollment.
  2. Each enrollee must be able to receive emails from and addresses. Email is our major form of communication with participants; personal emails are highly recommended rather than clinic/hospital email addresses.
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*Note: "This course is submitted for approval for 6 continuing education credits in jurisdictions which recognize AAVSB RACE approval; however participants should be aware that some boards have limitations on the number of hours accepted in certain categories and/or restrictions on certain methods of delivery of continuing education." Call VSPN/VIN CE at 1-800-700-4636 for further information. (Attendees are encouraged to check with their licensing jurisdiction(s) for information regarding recognition by their board).

Course withdrawal and refund policy: A complete refund of the paid course price will be issued when your withdrawal request is received prior to the listed start date of the course. If you wish to withdraw after the start date please contact the VIN/VSPN office 1-800-700-INFO (4636) to discuss eligibility for a pro-rated refund.
* Note: To ensure rapid handling of your request for withdrawal, we recommend that you call the VIN/VSPN office at 1-800-700-INFO (4636).

*For more information on VIN's upcoming CE courses, check the VIN Course Catalog.

The CE team:

Katherine James, DVM, PhD, DACVIM (SAIM)
VIN Education Coordinator

VIN CE Services:
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