09/25/19 Getting to Model Shelter: One Shelter’s Journey to Completion of the ASV Guidelines

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The Association of Shelter Veterinarians Guidelines for Standards of Care in Animal Shelters, a voluntary set of guidelines designed to promote the highest standards of welfare in animal shelters, has a lofty goal: to eliminate the suffering and needless death of homeless pets waiting for homes. In this session, we'll discuss how Humane Society Silicon Valley tackled over five hundred guidelines and significantly increased our life-saving capacity... and how you can, too!!!

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 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

Cristie Kamiya, DVM, MBA

Chief of Shelter Medicine, Humane Society Silicon Valley

Dr. Kamiya graduated from Colorado State University, College of Business with a Master of Business Administration degree in 1999, and then went on to also complete a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Colorado State University, College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences in 2005. Dr. Kamiya’s first encounter with the shelter world occurred at the age of nine when her family adopted a mixed breed puppy from the Hawaiian Humane Society.  A love of animals and a childhood dream of becoming an animal doctor evolved over the years into a passion for advocating on behalf of homeless and lost pets.  Prior to the shelter medicine residency, she has worked as a shelter veterinarian in humane societies, municipal shelters, and rescues in the Denver-Boulder areas of Colorado, and the greater Phoenix metro area of Arizona. Dr. Kamiya’s main interests are in infectious disease, shelter management, surgery, and animal cruelty investigation.

Kristen Jahnke

Director of Shelter Operations, Humane Society Silicon Valley

Kristen Jahnke has been in the animal welfare industry for over 15 years, joining Humane Society Silicon Valley in 2016 as the Director of Animal Operations.  Previously, she was the Director of Medical Operations at PAWS Chicago until she decided to put away her snow boots for the sunny beaches of California. Kristen holds a BA in Social Work from Marquette University. 

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