Maddie’s Shelter Medicine Conference expands to three days
Veterinarians and shelter managers will descend on Orlando, Florida to attend Maddie’s Shelter Medicine Conference May 18-20, 2014. The conference, now in its 7th year, has been expanded to three full days to provide more than a dozen sessions on vital topics from playgroups for dogs to retroviruses in cats. Thanks to the generous support of Animal Farm Foundation, the additional day of training is being offered at no extra cost to participants.
UF conference first in a week of animal welfare training
The University of Florida’s Maddie’s Shelter Medicine Conference will be the first in a packed week of animal welfare training that includes the International Veterinary Forensic Sciences Association Conference and the Humane Society of the United States’ Animal Care Expo.
“It’s an inspiring time to be part of animal sheltering in the US,” said Dr. Julie Levy, director of Maddie’s Shelter Medicine Program at the University of Florida. “More than ever, medical teams are bringing their specialized knowledge out into the kennels and saving lives in new ways. It’s exciting for Florida to play host to such an incredible week of learning where we’ll see some of the most important updates in research and innovative programs.”
The first day of the conference will focus on the intersection between behavioral programs, medical programs, and adoption strategies.
Three-days, dozens of shelter medicine topics
The first day of Maddie’s Shelter Medicine Conference will focus on the intersection between behavioral programs, medical programs, and adoption strategies for shelter pets. Sunday evening’s scientific poster session, Frontiers in Shelter Medicine, provides a unique opportunity for attendees to speak one-on-one with researchers who have studied shelter health problems.
Other sessions will address timely issues such as infectious diseases in cat hoarding and dog fighting, feline retroviruses, and heartworm disease. Dr. Levy and Dr. Kate Hurley of the Koret Shelter Medicine Program will address the hot topic of saving community cats and the nationwide effort to save a million lives. Florida veterinarians can earn their required pharmacy continuing education credit at a special evening session.
Connect with fellow pracitioners
Though the focus of the conference is on training, Dr. Levy explained that one of the most rewarding features isn’t in a formal session at all, but rather connecting with shelter veterinarians and staff from across the country.
“Shelter Medicine is such a unique field, and those working in it are some of the most dedicated people you’ll ever meet,” said Levy. “When I get together with them to share ways to save lives, I always come away energized and inspired.”