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MULT105-0513: How to Help Your Local Shelter - Guidelines for Standards of Care in Animal Shelters
Lila Miller, DVM
Miranda Spindel, DVM, MS
Kathleen Makolinski, DVM
Stephanie Janeczko, DVM, MS, DABVP
Sandra Newbury, DVM
May 22-July 6, 2013
REAL TIME SESSIONS (RTS):
Wednesdays, May 29, June 5, 12, 19 and 26, 7:30-9:00 pm ET (USA)
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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.
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*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:
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, veterinary technicians, and veterinary support staff.
This course has been submitted for RACE approval for veterinarians and veterinary technicians.
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 five (5) 1.5 hour Real Time Session, supplemental library materials,
interactive message board discussions, a mandatory end-of-course test, and may include online multiple
choice quizzes (after each Real Time Session).
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
- Access key recommendations within the ASV Guidelines for
Standards of Care in Animal Shelters.
- Understand the use of "must" "should" "ideally" and
"unacceptable" in the Guidelines.
- Visit a local shelter and identify unacceptable practices.
- Visit a local shelter and identify practices that are meeting
the recommendations in the ASV's Guidelines for Standards of Care.
- Know where to begin when called upon by a community shelter to assist.
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.
Recommended Textbook(s): A list of recommended resources will be supplied in the course library.
About the Instructors:
- 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
- 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.
- Dr. Sandra Newbury serves as the Chair of the Shelter Standards
Task Force of the Association of Shelter Veterinarians. Dr. Newbury joined the Koret
Shelter Medicine Program at the University of California, Davis in 2006 and also
serves as Adjunct Assistant Professor of Shelter Medicine in the Department of
Pathobiology at the University Of Wisconsin School Of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Newbury's
current position results from a partnership between UC Davis School of Veterinary
Medicine and the ASPCA. She has published several studies, articles, and book chapters
on infectious disease, immunology, and population medicine, especially as it relates
to shelter animal well-being and travels throughout the year working with shelters
around the world.
(Real Time Session May 29):
Instructor(s): Dr. Lila Miller
Introduction to the Association of Shelter Veterinarian's
Guidelines for Standards of Care in Animal Shelters
(Real Time Session June 5):
Instructor(s): Dr. Miranda Spindel
How to Help - Shelter Assessing Based on the Guidelines
(Real Time Session June 12):
Instructor(s): Dr. Kathleen Makolinski
How to Help - Spay/Neuter Guidelines
(Real Time Session June 19):
Instructor(s): Dr. Sandra Newbury
How to Help - Population Management
(Real Time Session June 26):
Instructor(s): Dr. Stephanie Janeczko
How to Help - Physical and Mental Well-Being
CE CREDITS: 7.5
Tuition: Member $150 ($135 early bird special if enrolled by May 15, 2013)
Non-Member $240 ($216 early bird special if enrolled by May 15, 2013)
*To ensure participants are ready and prepared for classes, enrollment will close when
the maximum number of participants is reached or at 5pm ET the day of the first
Real Time Session unless otherwise noted. If the first Real Time Session is on a
weekend, course enrollment will close on the Friday before the first Real Time Session.
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