Learn about the use of vaccinations as part of a comprehensive wellness plan to protect the health of cats and dogs in your care. Timely administration of appropriate vaccinations is a powerful lifesaving tool that can minimize or prevent some of the most common and serious infectious diseases of concern in animal shelters. This webinar will provide guidance for animal shelters looking to implement, improve, or just better understand optimal vaccination protocols for cats and dogs. You can listen to this webinar at your convenience, any time 24/7.
Please note: The slides used during the live webinar—and thus the recording—contained an error in the portion about maternal antibody interference. The labeling on the lines indicating the antibody level that interferes with vaccination and the antibody level that protects from infection were inversed. Puppies and kittens may acquire immunity through nursing (from colostrum) immediately following birth. These antibodies provide important protection against infectious disease in the early weeks of life, but they can also block the animal’s ability to respond to a vaccination when they are above a certain level. The level of maternal antibody that can interfere with vaccination is, however, lower than the level required to protect the puppy or kitten from natural infection leading a “window of susceptibility” as shown in the slides. Vaccine series for puppies and kittens are designed to minimize this window of susceptibility. The slides posted on this page are now correct. Please accept our apologies.
By the end of this webinar, you can develop an understanding about:
The basics of how vaccinations work
How vaccines can be used to prevent disease outbreaks
Limitations of vaccines
Requirements for using vaccines
Currently recommended vaccination protocols for cats and dogs in shelters and aspects of these protocols that may need to be modified in specific situations
This webinar is useful for staff of shelters, rescues or animal control agencies, especially veterinarians and medical personnel.
Dr. Stephanie Janeczko is board certified in both shelter medicine and canine/feline practice through the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners and is a certified animal welfare administrator. She is a past president and former board member of the Association of Shelter Veterinarians and currently serves as a committee member and board member for several animal welfare and veterinary medical organizations. Dr. Janeczko has a particular interest in infectious disease as well as in the welfare of cats.