Shelter Medicine professionals strive to provide optimal care for animals in their communities. Find a spectrum of topics essential for ensuring the well-being of shelter animals, from best practices in health care, disease prevention, and treatment to maintaining sanitation standards, this section equips professionals with the knowledge and tools needed to create a healthy and safe environment. Learn about professional development opportunities including in-person training and on-demand sessions featuring free continuing education credits.
Shelter Medicine Programs and Services
Enhance your expertise in shelter medicine with professional development, publications, and direct support from the ASPCA’s Shelter Medicine Services team.
ASV Guidelines for Standards of Care in Animal Shelters
See how the Association of Shelter Veterinarians’ (ASV) Guidelines can help your shelter.
Intake & Preventive Care
Preventive care and intake best practices are critical for animal health in shelters.
Our resources can help you streamline your intake protocols, making sure every animal is treated so they can be quickly adopted into loving homes.
Population Management in Animal Shelters
Population management is the process of intentionally and efficiently planning services for each animal in the shelter’s care. Learn best practices.
Specific Medical Conditions in Animal Shelters
Learn about the various medical conditions and diseases that veterinarians or other staff may encounter while caring for pets in the shelter.
Recognizing & Responding to Infectious Diseases in Animal Shelters
Discover a wealth of resources to help you navigate infectious diseases in an animal shelter, including disease response, sanitation, and PPE.
Cleaning & Sanitation for Animal Shelters
Help keep your shelter population free of disease outbreaks with our cleaning and sanitation protocols, tips, and webinars.
Animal Shelter Facility Use and Design
Good facility design can help prevent disease transmission, allow for efficient workflow, and improve the overall welfare of both people and animals.