Introduction to Shelter Medicine

Students Visiting a Shelter

Course Overview

Students learn the basics of infection control, preventive medicine, and vaccination strategies unique to the shelter environment. In addition they gain insight into animal abuse and neglect issues and the value of educating the public on spay/neuter procedures.

Course Objectives

This course will introduce the student to several basic health and welfare concepts in the sheltering of dogs and cats. The concepts include the impact of disease outbreaks, disease detection and control, preventive strategies to minimize disease, behavior problems and reduction of stress factors contributing to behavior problems, animal cruelty and neglect, and the role of veterinarians in protecting the health and welfare of animals in shelters.

This course is not intended to provide comprehensive and in-depth material on each subject, but rather to introduce the student to the many facets of Shelter Medicine.

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