The ASPCA is thrilled to announce the launching of the Julie Morris Shelter Medicine Residency to provide a three-year training program for licensed veterinarians interested in developing deep expertise in the practice of shelter medicine to meet the unique health and behavior needs of homeless animals. The new residency program, which has been approved by the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (ABVP) and launches in 2021, will provide trainees with advanced knowledge and skills in all aspects of shelter medicine, including clinical medicine and surgery, shelter operations, population management, high-quality, high-volume spay/neuter surgery, community outreach, cruelty investigations and forensics, and disaster response.
"There is an unprecedented demand for skilled veterinarians to design and oversee comprehensive programs that support community and shelter animal health and wellbeing, and the Julie Morris Shelter Medicine Residency Program will help meet this need."
Residents will receive training in all aspects of shelter medicine practice during the three-year program. They will be directly mentored and supported by the ASPCA Shelter Medicine Services team, which includes five veterinarians board-certified in Shelter Medicine Practice. Residents will benefit from the extensive expertise across the ASPCA as they also gain hands-on clinical experience through time spent at the Animal Care Centers of NYC (ACC), one of the largest open-admission animal welfare agencies in the country, and a close and long-standing partner of the ASPCA. Residents will learn from and augment the support provided by the ASPCA to external sheltering organizations across the country through direct consultative work, research, and teaching.
The new residency program is named after former ASPCA Senior Vice President of Strategic Animal Welfare Partnerships and animal welfare visionary, Julie Morris, who played a pivotal role in the field of animal sheltering for more than three decades. Through the ASPCA Julie Morris Shelter Medicine Residency program, her legacy as a mentor and pioneer will continue to positively impact the lives of animals.