10/21/20 The Role of Psychopharmacology in Shelter Animal Management

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Recorded On: 10/21/2020

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We will explore the role psychoactive medications can play in the management of shelter animals’ behavior issues. Adopting out animals that are taking psychoactive medication can be challenging as potential adopters often have preconceptions. Shelter staff, including veterinarians, need to be prepared to navigate such adoption counseling conversations to make the right match.  Learn how to help adopters understand the full situation and their role in a successful outcome. Medication monitoring in the shelter and post-adoption support will also be discussed. This presentation is suited for veterinary, shelter, rescue, and animal behavior professionals. 

This session is part of the Shelter Medicine series, a collaboration between the Association of Shelter Veterinarians and The Association for Animal Welfare Advancement.

This live and recorded program has been approved for:

  • 1 Certified Animal Welfare Administrator continuing education credit
  • 1 CE towards ACO CE requirements per Ch. 829 of the Texas Health and Safety Code by the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS)

Karen van Haaften, DVM, DACVB

Senior Manager of Behavior and Welfare, British Columbia SPCA

Dr. Karen van Haaften is a board-certified veterinary behaviorist and the Senior Manager of Behavior and Welfare at the British Columbia SPCA. In her shelter behavior medicine role, she supports 36 networked sheltering branches with their behavior caseload. She also consults on cruelty investigation cases and provincial animal welfare policy work.

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