Shelter Medicine & Leadership Package

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On June 16 - 17,  2020, The Association offered our first virtual conference. The conference theme — resilience —was is woven throughout the 18 sessions, across all four tracks: Field Services, Fundraising, Outreach, and Shelter Medicine. This focused package offers you unlimited access to these eight sessions from the Shelter Medicine track plus some of the keynote and general sessions:

  1. Commitment to Action: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion In Animal Welfare
  2. Fear Free Helps Animals, But What’s in It for Shelters?
  3. Going Through Hell        
  4. Pharmaceutical Challenges in Sheltering              
  5. Rubber Not Glue: Awakening the Resilience Within You 
  6. The COVID-19 Response: Using Science to Separate Fact from Fiction 
  7. Tiny Patients, Big Challenge: The Science & Practice of Underage Kitten Care        
  8. Treating the Entire Animal Through Medical and Behavior Coordination    


All of these sessions have been approved for CEs by CAWA. Texas DSHS, and NACA.

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  • Fear Free Helps Animals, But What’s in it for Shelters?

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    Dr. Marty Becker, the founder of Fear Free, will walk you through the concepts behind Fear Free and why he brought together a team of shelter medicine and behavior experts to design a free educational course to transform the sheltering experience for animals and those who care for them.

    Whether coming from the streets or a home, entering the shelter can be one of the most frightening transitions an animal can experience. Fear, anxiety, stress, and frustration can lead to physical illness, reduced adoption chances, and longer length of stay for the animals, as well as emotional distress, increased costs, and the risks of fear-based aggression for the shelter team. Dr. Marty Becker, the founder of Fear Free, will walk you through the concepts behind Fear Free and why he brought together a team of shelter medicine and behavior experts to design a free educational course to transform the sheltering experience for animals and those who care for them.

    This session was recorded during the Spring Conference for Animal Welfare 2020.


    This session has been approved for 1.5 CEs from 

    • The International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC)
    • CAWA
    • Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) CEs toward ACO CE requirements per Ch. 829 of the Texas Health and Safety Code
    • NACA

    ​Dr. Marty Becker, DVM

    Founder, Fear Free

    Dr. Marty Becker is the founder of Fear Free, which works to prevent and alleviate fear, anxiety, and stress in pets by inspiring and educating the people who care for them. This includes veterinary and other pet professionals as well as pet parents through FearFreeHappyHomes.com, and animal shelter and rescue group staff and volunteers through FearFreeShelters.com. A passionate advocate for the human-animal and author of 25 books, Dr. Becker practices at North Idaho Animal Hospital because he loves veterinary medicine, pets, and the people who care for them.

  • The COVID-19 Response: Using Science to Separate Fact from Fiction

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    This session will cover considerations when using compounded medications, including preparing them in-house.

    What started as a small meeting of animal welfare leaders and veterinarians in late February, evolved into the North American Coalition for COVID-19 Response with nearly 40 veterinary leaders from Canada, Australia, and the United States collaborating with animal welfare leaders from The Association for Animal Welfare Advancement, American Pets Alive!, ASPCA, Association of Shelter Veterinarians, AVMA, Best Friends Animal Society, Humane Canada, The Humane Society of the United States, National Animal Care and Control, RSPCA, and shelter medicine leadership programs from University of California, University of Florida, University of Wisconsin, and Cornell University.

    This collaboration was the first time many of these organizations worked together and the partnership achieved extraordinary results: a unified voice for how animal welfare organizations should navigate a public health crisis. Propelled by a goal of providing animal welfare professionals and pet owners with accurate and timely information regarding COVID-19, these leaders advised veterinarians, public health officials, shelter leadership, and policymakers to continue lifesaving innovation in animal sheltering in the face of a rapidly spreading and deadly pandemic. The panelists will discuss their experiences during the response.

    Panelists:
    Michael Lappin, DVM, PhD, DACVIM, Director, Center for Companion Animal Studies, Colorado State University; Chair, World Small Animal Veterinary Association’s One Health Committee
    Julie Levy, DVM, PhD, DACVIM, DABVP (Shelter Medicine), Fran Marino Endowed Professor of Shelter Medicine Education, University of Florida
    Sandra Newbury, DVM, DABVP (Shelter Medicine), Director, Shelter Medicine Program, University of Wisconsin
    J. Scott Weese, DVM DVSc DipACVIM, Professor, Ontario Veterinary College

    This session was recorded during the Spring Conference for Animal Welfare 2020.

    This session is approved for
    • CAWA CEs
    • Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) CEs toward ACO CE requirements per Ch. 829 of the Texas Health and Safety Code
    • NACA CEs

    Michael Lappin, DVM, PhD, DACVIM

    Director, Center for Companion Animal Studies, Colorado State University; Chair, World Small Animal Veterinary Association’s One Health Committee

    Dr. Michael Lappin is a Professor of Infectious Disease in the Colorado State University Department of Clinical Sciences. His laboratory studies immune responses to vaccination against respiratory viruses in cats and immune responses to feline vaccines. He oversees a large diagnostic service for feline infectious agents. Dr. Lappin is also Director of Shelter Medicine and investigates disease outbreaks and management in shelter settings. He serves as Chair of the World Small Animal Veterinary Association’s One Health Committee.

    Julie Levy, DVM, PhD, DACVIM, DABVP (Shelter Medicine)

    Fran Marino Endowed Professor of Shelter Medicine Education, University of Florida

    Dr. Julie Levy’s work focuses on the health and welfare of animals in shelters, feline infectious diseases, and humane alternatives for community cat management. She is the founder of Operation Catnip, a university-based trap-neuter-return program. Dr. Levy joined Dr. Cynda Crawford to found Maddie’s Shelter Medicine Program, and Dr. Kate Hurley to launch the Million Cat Challenge, a shelter-based campaign to save millions of cats in shelters across North America.

    ​Dr. Sandra Newbury

    Director of the University of Wisconsin Shelter Medicine Program

    Dr. Sandra Newbury is the Director of the University of Wisconsin Shelter Medicine Program and Associate Professor of Shelter Medicine in the School of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Newbury helped to build the Koret Shelter Medicine Program at the University of California, Davis from 2006-2014. Her academic work has focused on clinical studies in infectious disease, immunology, and population medicine.

    J. Scott Weese, DVM DVSc DipACVIM

    Professor, Ontario Veterinary College

    Dr. Scott Weese is a veterinary internist and a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine. He is a Professor at the Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph; Director of the University of Guelph Centre for Public Health and Zoonoses; and Chief of Infection Control at the Ontario Veterinary College Teaching Hospital.

  • Pharmaceutical Challenges in Sheltering

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    This session will cover considerations when using compounded medications, including preparing them in-house. We will also discuss controlled substance record keeping for compounded and commercial products.

    Medications, including compounds, are often necessary to treat our patients. But the cost of medications can add up quickly and the record keeping requirements can become challenging. This session will cover considerations when using compounded medications, including preparing them in-house. We will also discuss controlled substance record keeping for compounded and commercial products.

    This session was recorded during the Spring Conference for Animal Welfare 2020 in partnership with the Association of Shelter Veterinarians.

    This session is approved for:

    • CAWA CEs
    • Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) CEs toward ACO CE requirements per Ch. 829 of the Texas Health and Safety Code
    • NACA CEs

    Lauren Forsythe, PHARMD, DICVP, FSVHP

    Medication Dispensary Coordinator

    University of Illinois Veterinary Teaching Hospital

    Dr. Lauren Forsythe graduated from the University of Findlay, College of Pharmacy in 2015. She then completed her veterinary pharmacy residency at Purdue’s Veterinary Teaching Hospital. After completing her residency, she spent three years as a veterinary clinical pharmacist at the UC Davis Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital. She is now the Medication Dispensary Coordinator at the University of Illinois Veterinary Teaching Hospital.

  • Tiny Patients, Big Challenge: The Science & Practice of Underage Kitten Care

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    Join us as we discuss an evidence-based approach to caring for underage kittens in the shelter setting.

    Join us as we discuss an evidence-based approach to caring for underage kittens in the shelter setting. We’ll review the strengths and challenges of current practices in the field, walk through existing literature, and learn about new data on kitten mortality risk factors. We’ll compile this information into strategies you can use for managing underage kittens in your clinics, shelters, and rescues.

    This session was recorded during the Spring Conference for Animal Welfare 2020 in partnership with the Association of Shelter Veterinarians

    This recorded session is approved for:

    • CAWA CEs
    • Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) CEs toward ACO CE requirements per Ch. 829 of the Texas Health and Safety Code
    • NACA CEs

    Dr. Erin Doyle

    Senior Director of Shelter Medicine, ASPCA

    Dr. Erin Doyle is a Senior Director of Shelter Medicine in the Shelter Medicine Services team within the ASPCA’s Shelter Outreach division.  The Shelter Medicine Services team provides shelter medicine expertise and consultation both internally and with the ASPCA’s external shelter partners.  Dr. Doyle is board certified in Shelter Medicine Practice through the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners.     

    Dr. Doyle received her DVM from Tufts University in 2004 and spent three years immediately following graduation in general small animal practice in Worcester, Massachusetts.  Dr. Doyle left private practice to join the Animal Rescue League of Boston (ARL) where she worked for over ten years.  During her tenure at the ARL, Dr. Doyle was promoted to the head of the shelter medicine department and assisted with the forensic and law enforcement program.  She also completed a fellowship with the Koret Shelter Medicine program at UC Davis in 2012.  Dr. Doyle is serving her second term as president of the Association of Shelter Veterinarians and is an adjunct faculty member in Shelter Medicine at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University.

  • Treating the Entire Animal through Medical and Behavior Coordination

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    We will discuss parameters, approaches, and challenges for both medical and behavior evaluators which may sometimes be sitting on the opposite end of the stick.

    Decision-making for animal outcome, both positive and negative, is a complex process that may involve the establishment of the soundness of an animal’s health and/or behavior. We will discuss parameters, approaches, and challenges for both medical and behavior evaluators which may sometimes be sitting on the opposite end of the stick. Case studies will demonstrate the processes involved in arriving at a decision for the appropriate outcome. The discussion is aimed to provide not just concepts but practical steps in treating and evaluating the entire animal.

    This session was recorded during the Spring Conference for Animal Welfare 2020 in partnership with the Association of Shelter Veterinarians.

    This session has been approved for 1.0 CEs from the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC).

    This session is also approved for:
    • CAWA CEs
    • Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) CEs toward ACO CE requirements per Ch. 829 of the Texas Health and Safety Code
    • NACA CEs

    Maria Sabio-Solacito, DVM

    Senior Veterinarian, County of Los Angeles, Department of Animal Care and Control

    Maria Solacito is a Senior Veterinarian for Los Angeles County Department of Animal Care and Control. Working with DACC for the past 11 years provided Dr. Solacito vast experience in establishing collaborative relationships with other animal welfare professionals of different disciplines and mindsets. Her passion and dedication to the practice of shared leadership assisted her agency in developing cohesive programs and inclusive decision-making processes.

    Alison Waszmer, CTC, CDBC, CPDT-KA

    Behavior Division Manager, County of Los Angeles, Department of Animal Care and Control

    Ali Waszmer is the Behavior Division Manager for the Los Angeles County Department of Animal Care and Control, responsible for development and oversight of training and enrichment programs for pets at all seven animal care centers. Striving to become an accomplished behavior consultant, Ali earned multiple certifications after attending the San Francisco SPCA Academy for Dog Trainers. In her career, Ali has held various positions from Volunteer Manager to Shelter Manager to Director of Program Development.

  • Going Through Hell? Keep Going! + Conference Opening Remarks by Brad Shear, June 17, 2020

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    We’ll explore the nature of attack, both online and in person, and strategies for preparing for, responding to, and recovering from these circumstances.

    Our work evokes an emotional response that drives donations, volunteer engagement, advocacy, and sometimes attack. We’ll share what animal sheltering leaders can do to prepare their staff and organization for challenging, emotionally charged situations. We’ll explore the nature of attack, both online and in person, and strategies for preparing for, responding to, and recovering from these circumstances.

    This session was recorded during the Spring Conference for Animal Welfare 2020.

    This session is approved for
    • CAWA CEs
    • Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) CEs toward ACO CE requirements per Ch. 829 of the Texas Health and Safety Code
    • NACA CEs

    Jodi Buckman, CAWA

    Vice President of Veterinary Services, Dumb Friends League

    Jodi Lytle Buckman, CAWA, recently joined the Dumb Friends League as the Vice President of Veterinary Services. Jodi has worked in animal sheltering and welfare for over 30 years at the local, regional, and national levels, including working for 9 years with the ASPCA on national partnerships and grantmaking, and leading animal shelters in Maine, Minnesota, and Ohio. She achieved the Certified Animal Welfare Administrator (CAWA) designation in 2006.

    Jan McHugh-Smith, CAWA

    President and CEO, Humane Society of Boulder Valley, CO

    Jan McHugh-Smith, CAWA is the CEO of the Humane Society of Boulder Valley, an open-admission organization that serves 7,000 animals annually.  Jan’s animal welfare experience over the past 35 years includes being President & CEO of the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region, President of the San Francisco SPCA; and Director of Eagle County Animal Control, Eagle CO.  Jan is the Chair of Shelter Animal’s Count, creating a national database for shelter statistics and Chair of Coloradan’s Protecting Animal Welfare. She is the past Chair of the Association for the Advancement of Animal Welfare and served as Chair of CATalyst Council which works to raise the level of care and welfare for cats.

    Jim Tedford, CAWA

    President & CEO, The Association for Animal Welfare Advancement

    Jim Tedford accepted his dream job when he joined The Association as President & CEO in June of 2015.  But Jim is no stranger to the organization.  He has been a member for nearly 30 years and served as our Board Chairman some twenty years ago.  Jim has been actively engaged in the animal welfare movement for more than 34 years having served as CEO for animal sheltering organizations in New York, Louisiana and Tennessee.  He served as a regional director for The Humane Society of the United States and then spent six years providing direct response marketing services to animal welfare organizations. Jim presents frequently at national and regional conferences on various animal welfare issues, organizational development and not-for-profit management. 

  • Commitment to Action: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Animal Welfare (Panel Discussion)

    Includes Credits Recorded On: 06/16/2020

    Listen to a recording of a bold and honest conversation with a panel of animal welfare leaders already implementing change.

    Amanda Arrington (HSUS) and Johnny Jenkins (PetSmart Charities) joined forces in October 2019 to lead The Association for Animal Welfare Advancement’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) committee. These two animal welfare leaders immediately began working to dismantle barriers to advance DEI efforts in animal welfare. Bolstered by The Association’s Board of Directors' commitment to action, the goal is to coordinate a North American leadership summit resulting in a doctrine dedicated to eradicating institutional structures that maintain systemic disparities in animal welfare. A strong and committed intersectional pipeline of advocates and leaders will be critical to the sustainability and evolution of this work. How do we stay vigilant, avoid complacency, and continue to challenge ourselves to advance in this work? We start with a bold and honest conversation at the 2020 Spring Conference with a panelist of animal welfare leaders already implementing change. 

    This session is approved for
    • CAWA CEs

    This panel discussion was recorded during the Spring Conference for Animal Welfare 2020. Learn about the full conference recording package. 

    And check out the free Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Training Package which includes this recording.

    Amanda Arrington - Panel Facilitator

    Senior Director of Pets for Life, The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS)

    With Pets For Life, Arrington guides a social justice-driven approach to create equity in and access to pet resources and information for people in underserved communities. Under her leadership the program has been implemented in over 50 markets across the United States and is working to make companion animal welfare a more just and inclusive movement. Arrington previously served as a lobbyist and North Carolina State Director for HSUS., served three years as the chair of the Durham County Animal Control Advisory Committee and on the board of the Durham Interneighborhood Council. Amanda has received numerous awards for her community outreach work, including the prestigious American Veterinary Medical Association Humane Award in 2018. Arrington currently serves as co-chair of The Association for Animal Welfare Advancement’s OnPOINT committee on increasing diversity in animal welfare.

    Johnny Jenkins - Panel Facilitator

    Associate Relationship Manager

    PetSmart Charities

    Johnny Jenkins is an experienced grant making professional with expertise in strategic grant-making and program management. He has managed multi-million-dollar grant portfolios to advance racial and economic justice, LGBT equality, and animal welfare. As a member of PetSmart Charities’ Relationship Management Team, Johnny is responsible for managing the adoption grant portfolio for the Eastern United States and Puerto Rico. Johnny also provides leadership to multiple Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) initiatives in Animal Welfare including PetSmart Charities (Racial Equity Advisory Team Co-Lead), The Association for Animal Welfare Advancement (DEI Advisory Committee Co-Lead), and the Human Animal Support Services (HASS) Project DEI Advisory Committee.

    Gabrielle Chapman

    Senior Social Justice Analyst, The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS)

    Gabrielle Chapman is the former Executive Director of Call to Action for Racial Equality, West Virginia’s first professional statewide racial equity coalition. As HSUS’ Pets for Life Senior Analyst Social Justice, Gabrielle will lend her skill set to facilitate complex conversations ranging from criminal justice reform to racial and economic justice in the animal welfare world. She is a 2018–2019 Soros Justice Fellow with the Open Society Foundation and serves as a Board of Director for West Virginia’s Center on Budget and Policy and West Virginia Women's Health Center. Chapman holds a BS in Applied Biology from Russell Sage College. During her college years, she interned at the U.S. Department of Defense, was an assistant with Sage College’s Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program, and volunteered with the American Friends Service Committee.

    Ed Jamison

    Director

    Dallas Animal Services, City of Dallas

    Dallas has the third largest intake in the United States, with over 39,000 dogs and cats coming into their care in 2019. Ed Jamison has been tasked with increasing public safety by getting loose animals off the streets, while at the same time increasing positive outcomes. To accomplish that, Jamison is leading a staff of around 220 employees, maximizing relationships with the rescue community, rebuilding the volunteer base and instituting new, progressive programming. Prior to coming to Dallas, Jamison was the Chief Animal Control Officer for the City of Cleveland, Ohio, but he entered the animal care and control world in the mid-2000s while he was the animal warden for the City of Garfield Heights, a suburb of Cleveland. In his time serving Cleveland, Ed made a push to redefine the way animal control functions and re-brand the public’s perception of the industry, along with the perception of pit-bull-type dogs. Ed serves on the board of The Association for Animal Welfare Advancement.

    Jose Sandoval

    Commissioner for the Department of Los Angeles Animal Services

    Known as a proponent on issues of health, safety, and animal advocacy serving in public service roles in the Los Angeles Area, in 2012 Sandoval founded the Latino Alliance for Animal Care coalition to educate and empower the Latino community about animal welfare. Sandoval's interest in working on behalf of animals began with the adoption of his German Shepherd/Collie mix, Lucky, from the East Valley Animal Shelter after the dog was abandoned by four previous owners. Today, the bond between Lucky and Sandoval is inseparable. From that experience, he continues to build his network as a resource to help other companion animals find loving homes.

  • Rubber Not Glue: Awakening the Resilience Within You + Conference Opening Remarks by Jim Tedford, June 16, 2020

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    Learn how to flow through adversity; develop a resilient, courageous, and compassionate spirit; and bounce forward into success!

    Resilience is defined as the capacity to recover quickly from difficult situations. How much of it you have will dictate how you respond to the inevitable challenges of life that are thrown your way. Will you sink or will you swim? Will negative experiences stick to you and drag you down or do they roll off you like water off a duck’s back? We all want to be more resilient, but if we are already run down, not confident, afraid, or ready to throw in the towel, how does one develop this magical skill?

    Learn how to flow through adversity; develop a resilient, courageous, and compassionate spirit; and bounce forward into success! We will discuss how the human mind can be conditioned to suffer and introduce concepts of how to rewire your brain to cultivate more supportive neural pathways, thoughts, and emotional responses. Happiness and success are largely determined by how we choose to respond to events, whether they be good or bad. Life can present hard lessons, but resilience can help us transform hardship into opportunity, and not only lift ourselves, but also be an inspiration to others.

    This session was recorded during the Spring Conference for Animal Welfare 2020.

    This session is approved for

    • CAWA CEs
    • Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) CEs toward ACO CE requirements per Ch. 829 of the Texas Health and Safety Code
    • NACA CEs

    Sarah J. Wooten, DVM, CVJ

    Dr. Sarah Wooten is a 2002 graduate of UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine and a well-known international speaker in the veterinary and animal health care spaces. She has 10 years’ experience in public speaking and media work, and writes for a large number of online and print animal health publications, such as chewy.com, petMD, Vetstreet, Hill’s Education Blog, DVM360 print and online publications, Healthy Pet Magazine, and the Bark. Dr. Wooten is also a certified veterinary journalist, a member of the AVMA, and has 16 years’ experience in small animal veterinary practice.