Shelter medicine includes all areas of veterinary practice important to maintaining the health of animals in shelters and at-risk community animals. Shelter medicine practitioners must consider the health of the individual animal, as well as the entire animal population. They must be knowledgeable in a wide variety of areas, including population management, infectious disease, behavioral health, and much more.
With so many areas of focus, it is easy to get overwhelmed. This webinar will provide an introduction to shelter medicine, share best practices for the standard of care in shelters, and show why a shelter veterinarian is so much more than just performing spay and neuter!
Understanding available resources and tools for shelter medicine
Managing your population through daily health monitoring and rounds
Reviewing infectious disease risk factors, prevention, and outbreak management
Veterinarians, technicians, and medical staff working in, or with, animal shelters, rescues, or clinics within the Northern Tier (Alaska, Idaho, Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota, Washington, and Wisconsin), but all are welcome. This webinar will have a medical focus but is helpful for any shelter staff.
This program has been approved for 1 hour of continuing education credit in jurisdictions that recognize American Association of Veterinary State Boards RACE approval.
The ASPCA is also approved as a New York State sponsor of continuing education (NYSED) for veterinarians and veterinary technicians.
The ASPCA is an approved provider of content, which enhances professional competence and aligns with the 5 domains of the CAWA Exam specification.
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Dr. Lauren Overman has worked in animal welfare for over 15 years and her involvement in and commitment to shelter medicine runs deep. She started as a veterinary assistant in an animal shelter before attending veterinary medical school. After graduating from the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine in 2011, Lauren went on to complete a shelter medicine internship at Oregon Humane Society. She then joined the Humane Society for Southwest Washington (a NTSI grantee) for 10 years as Vice President of Veterinary Services, where she oversaw the surgical and medical care of shelter animals and pets of people experiencing houselessness.
Lauren is an excellent communicator and collaborator and she brings deep clinical skills and direct experience implementing animal welfare improvements across different teams within the shelter and the larger community. Her interests include community-based animal sheltering, shelter infectious disease prevention/management, and a veterinarian’s role in shelter management.