6/16/21 Access to Veterinary Care: Community Care Models to Prevent Relinquishment

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Includes a Live Event on 06/16/2021 at 3:00 PM (EDT)

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Many animals are surrendered to shelters due to medical issues that an owner cannot afford to treat, but many of these owners would keep their pets if they could. There is usually no option for low cost/free, full-service (incremental care) medicine, due to laws, vet associations, and a lack of providers. The situation is also complicated by the lack of data to help target a solution to an affordable level. We'll discuss how to calculate a goal and fit a solution to your shelter's needs. Learn about the 3 types of medical care that communities can start providing to families now in an effort to decrease shelter surrender and increase reclaim of pets with inaccessible medical needs.

This webinar will especially benefit shelter medical staff, shelter executives, and other operational leaders.

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 is approved for:

  • 1 Certified Animal Welfare Administrator continuing education credit 
  • 1 hour of continuing education credit in jurisdictions which recognize RACE

If you wish to earn RACE CEs, you MUST submit your veterinary/tech license number + license state when you join the live session or after you watch recording (due to new AAVSB RACE requirements)!  Participants have to attend at least 50 minutes of the live session / watch 50 minutes of the recording in order to receive the 1-hour credit of RACE CE.


- 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 who are professionals may receive a 1-year Professional membership with The Association for Animal Welfare Advancement for only $1. Veterinary students are not eligible for this promotion as they have their own low-cost Student Membership option.

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

Mehnaz Chumkee Aziz, DVM, DABVP (Shelter Medicine Practice)

Senior Director, Shelter Medicine Services


Chumkee obtained her DVM degree at Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine in 2012, completed an internship with the ASPCA in NYC in 2013, and a shelter medicine residency at the University of California, Davis in 2016. She works for the ASPCA as a senior director in the shelter medicine services department. Chumkee is board certified in Shelter Medicine Practice through the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners. She joined the ASV Board in 2017 and currently serves as the Board President.

Ellen Jefferson, DVM

Executive Director

Austin Pets Alive!

Ellen Jefferson, DVM, is the President and CEO for Austin Pets Alive! and American Pets Alive! and serves on the Executive Team for the Human Animal Support Services Project, an international collective of shelter industry leaders, which aims to reinvent Animal Services to more accurately reflect the value that modern society places on pets as family members. Dr. Jefferson has had a diverse career in rural and urban private and emergency practice, founding EmanciPET spay/neuter clinic, and leading Austin’s successful efforts to become a No Kill City.

Kelley Meyers, DVM, MBA

Chief Medical Officer

Michigan Humane Society

Dr. Kelley Meyers received her veterinary degree in 1999 and her MBA in 2013 both through Michigan State University.  She has been an operational leader in the animal industry for more than 17 years.  Dr. Meyers started her career in population medicine and transitioned to small animal practice in 2001 when she joined Banfield Pet Hospital.  She held several positions at Banfield, including medical director and field director, managing both the medical and operational aspects of 18 hospitals.  Dr. Meyers joined Michigan Humane in 2012 and is their Chief Medical Officer. 

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