10/09/19 Foundations for Behavioral Well-Being

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Let's face it, shelter living is challenging. The shelter is filled with strange noises, weird smells, unfamiliar people, new food, and questionable roommates. On top of all that, we do not really have a way to explain to the animals that we have their best interests in mind, so we must show them. But what's the best way to do this? Come to this session to find out!

We'll discuss how to meet the five freedoms of animal welfare for all animals in our care in affordable, doable ways, such as housing, in-housing enrichment, out-of-housing time, and certainly length of stay. You'll leave with actionable ideas to implement at your shelter, as well as long-term goals to improve the lives of all animals (and people!) in your shelter.  All staff (both medical and non) and especially shelter leaders with decision making capabilities will benefit from this webinar.

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 pre-approved for:

  • 1 Certified Animal Welfare Administrator continuing education credit
  • 1 hour of continuing education credit in jurisdictions which recognize RACE approval.
  • 1 CE  by the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) for Texas Animal Control Officers

This webinar has been approved for 1 CEU for behavior consultants by the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT)  and The International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC). CCPDT will award CPDT-KA/CPDT-KSA 1 CEU and CBCC-KA-.5 CEU. Attendees seeking CEUs are required to attend the full live session or watch the full recording, pass the quiz, complete a quick survey to submit their CCPDT #.  You may download the IAABC certificate from within the course. 


- Members of The Association for Animal Welfare Advancement who are vets or vet students may receive a free 1-year membership with the Association of Shelter Veterinarians (ASV).
- Members of the Association of Shelter Veterinarians may receive a free 1-year membership with The Association for Animal Welfare Advancement.

     >> Membership instructions will be sent after you attend your first webinar in full.  

​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.

Rachel Powell, DVM

UW/UCD Maddie's Shelter Medicine Fellow and Shelter Veterinarian, Saving Grace Pet Adoption Center

Dr. Rachel Powell graduated from the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine in 2002 and has spent her career in private mixed-animal and equine practices. She started working for Saving Grace in 2018 and very much enjoys practicing in the shelter environment. The work is professionally and personally gratifying and she feels like she is making a real difference in her community and in the lives of the people and animals she works with. She has also discovered a passion for T-N-R and Return To Field programs to help manage community cat populations and reduce cat numbers in shelters.

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