Conference Recap: 7th Annual Maddie’s® Shelter Medicine Conference
Nearly 200 veterinarians, staff, veterinary students, and shelter leaders came to Orlando, Florida for the 7th Annual Maddie’s® Shelter Medicine Conference.
A special thank you goes to the event’s sponsors, especially Maddie’s Fund® and Animal Farm Foundation, for making it the event possible. All of our sponsors and exhibitors supported Shelter Medicine training. We appreciate their joining us to share their work with our attendees. Participants are always excited to learn about valuable resources available to the Shelter Medicine community.
Fifty-five percent of those attending the 2014 event were veterinarians. While most traveled from across the United States, International participation was also strong. Participants hailed from Canada, the United Arab Emirates, St. Kitts and Nevis, and Bermuda. The Australian contingent was the largest, with five Aussie ambassadors making the long voyage to Florida. Check out the photo gallery.
Going to the Dogs
Animal Farm Foundation made it possible to add an entire day of content to the conference in 2014. Speakers included the incredible Aimee Sadler of Playing for Life, Dr. Cynda Crawford, Dr. Julie Levy, and Animal Farm’s Caitlin Quinn. Their presentations brought to light some of the critical issues at the intersection of health and welfare in the shelter: playgroups, creative adoption programs, and the problems with breed-based policies. Animal Farm Foundation also hosted a delightful welcome reception that evening.
Diving into Infectious Diseases
Other popular sessions focused on infectious diseases in cat hoarding and dog fighting, presented by Maddie’s® Shelter Medicine Residents Drs. Katherine Polak and Staci Cannon. Dr. Natalie Isaza, of the University of Florida’s Veterinary Community Outreach Program, shared her insights from treating heartworm disease in more than 500 shelter dogs.
Caring for Cats
The inspiring Dr. Kate Hurley led a two-part session on cats and capacity for care: physical capacity, staff capacity, and developing policies and procedures that enable shelters to meet current guidelines. Dr. Luisito Pablo addressed CPR in community cat TNR clinics, and Dr. Annette Litster shared some of her latest research on retrovirus transmission.
Sharing the Knowledge
Because of the support of Maddie’s Institute, the conference sessions were recorded and will soon be posted here and on the Maddie’s Institute website. Participants are encouraged to share the videos with their coworkers, and those who missed the event can still take advantage of the fantastic content.
Thank you to all of our participants, speakers, and sponsors for making 2014’s Maddie’s® Shelter Medicine Conference such a success!