02/12/20 Reducing Infection: Updates in Feline URI Management

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Recorded On: 02/12/2020

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The UC Davis Koret Shelter Medicine Program helps shelters reduce feline upper respiratory infection (URI) with integrative science-based solutions.  Whether it's housing modifications and facility design work, or implementation of the Capacity for Care(C4C) management model, shelters are seeing results with less URI, happier cats, better outcomes, and more balanced workloads for staff. The program has recently published research on how cage size and feline movement in and out of housing impacts feline URI, as well as the effects of the C4C model on feline health and outcomes. The researchers will share highlights from their findings, with an emphasis on day-to-day tools that will help prevent shelter cat URI now and into the future. Webinar attendees will: 

  • Become familiar with the basics of Capacity for Care and the role it plays in URI
  • Understand the connection between population management and feline health
  • Learn about the role of length of stay on URI and how everyone can help reduce URI risk in the feline population
  • Be shown that double compartment cage housing can meet the housing needs of most shelter cats – and discover how to achieve this with existing cage housing
  • Understand the essential elements of a “low stress” cage housing set-up
  • Learn humility to overcome those myths and mysterious practices we used to say must be done to prevent URI

This program (both live and recorded) has been approved for:

  • 1 Certified Animal Welfare Administrator continuing education credit
  • 1 CE  by the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) for Texas Animal Control Officers

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

​Cynthia Karsten, DVM, DABVP (Shelter Medicine Practice)

Outreach Veterinarian, UC Davis Koret Shelter Medicine Program

Cynthia Karsten, DVM, DABVP is a Shelter Medicine Practice, Outreach Veterinarian with Koret Shelter Medicine Program, UC Davis. Dr. Karsten became board certified in Shelter Medicine Practice in 2017. Her main areas of interest include population management, infectious disease control, intake diversion/safety net programs, and providing affordable, accessible veterinary care in all communities. Dr. Karsten serves as a board member of and volunteers with the non-profits Mercer Veterinary Clinic for Pets of the Homeless, and Compassion Without Borders.

Denae Wagner DVM, MPVM

Assistant Director of the UC Davis Koret Shelter Medicine Program

Dr. Denae Wagner is the Assistant Director of the UC Davis Koret Shelter Medicine Program. She is a graduate of the University of Minnesota.  She went on to complete a Farm Animal Population Health Residency and Masters in Preventative Veterinary Medicine (MPVM) at UC Davis.  She entered the field of Shelter Medicine in 2007 at UC Davis and loved it so much she stayed.  Her areas of special interest are shelter animal housing, facility design, and shelter-related research. 

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