Shelter Medicine

On Demand Feb. 28 - March 28 • Free Certification Course Series • "Shelter Medicine Certificate Program"

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Sponsored by : Merck - Animal Health

Welcome to the VetFolio Shelter Medicine Certificate Course. According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals® (ASPCA®), approximately 7.6 million companion animals enter animal shelters nationwide every year. Of those, approximately 3.9 million are dogs and 3.4 million are cats. This certificate course is dedicated to improving shelter medicine by offering participants information on everything from parasites, to infectious diseases to vaccination and more!

After completing each class in this course series, you will receive an individual CE certificate. When you have completed the entire series, you will be able to download your Veterinary Shelter Medicine Certificate. To see a list of the courses included in the certificate, look below the registration link.


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Courses in the
VetFolio Shelter Medicine Certificate Course series include:
The Unholy Trinity
Andy Moorhead DVM, MS, PhD
Dogs can become infected with many infectious agents, but the “unholy trinity” of roundworm, hookworm and whipworm, are among some of the most common and well-known. For many reasons, including persistence of infectious stages in the environment and zoonotic potential, it is advantageous to prevent these parasites. In this lecture, we will cover prevention and biology of these three important parasites, helping participants understand the importance of prevention for roundworm, hookworm and whipworm. Participants will also develop an understanding of the main prevention strategies involved with animal-to-animal and zoonotic infection, and the importance of treatment strategies at an individual animal level for these three parasites.

Biosecurity in Animal Shelters
Lucas Pantaleon, DVM, MS, DACVIM, MBA
Biosecurity implementation at a shelter can be a challenge. Understanding what biosecurity is and how its different components interact to help controlling infectious diseases is key. When putting together a biosecurity protocol the course will highlight what are some important learnings to keep in mind. Cleaning and disinfection are part of the biosecurity protocol, and the course will help bringing light to some important concepts in this regards.

Infectious Disease Preparedness Plan: Example of Canine Influenza in a Municipal Animal Shelter
Sandra Strong, DVM
An important aspect of shelter medicine is being prepared for a crisis prior to the event. Animal shelters have the unique challenge of managing herd health while still providing appropriate companion animal patient care. This course will provide participants with the framework for implementing an infectious disease preparedness plan. A real time example is utilized by taking participants through the scenario an open intake shelter faced when the threat of H3N2 arrived on the East Coast.

Participants will be able to:
  • Develop a written plan for an infectious crisis
  • Understand the importance of crisis communication
  • Explain the necessity of biosecurity to leadership
  • Implement tools for keeping infectious disease data specific to their shelter

Shelter Vaccination: Why, When and How
Jeanette O'Quin, DVM, MPH-VPH
This course will review core vaccination protocols for cats and dogs in animal shelters including who and when to vaccinate, as well as provide information needed to select the best type of vaccine and determine whether or not non-core vaccines would benefit a specific shelter population. Just as important as selecting the right vaccines is how you store and administer them. This course will provide recommendations for vaccine handling including proper storage, mixing, administration, and documentation.

Participants will be able to:
  • Review and revise their existing shelter protocols for core vaccines to match best practice recommendations
  • Analyze the potential benefit of a non-core vaccine and determine whether it would benefit the shelter population
  • Understand the importance of maintaining the vaccine cold chain
  • Develop protocols for proper vaccine handling and administration in the shelter

About Our Featured Presenters
Andy Moorhead DVM, MS, PhD is a small animal parasitologist and Associate Research Scientist at the University of Georgia, College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Moorhead received the DVM degree from North Carolina State University, followed by a MS in Veterinary Parasitology from Purdue University, where he studied the raccoon roundworm, Baylisascaris procyonis, under the mentorship of Dr. Kevin Kazacos. He then received his Ph.D. degree in cellular microbiology from Cornell University. Dr. Moorhead's main research interests are the role of host-specific cues in development of filarial worms, specifically Dirofilaria immitis and Brugia malayi. Dr. Moorhead is also the Director of the Filariasis Research Reagent Resource Center. He is currently on the Board of the American Heartworm Society.

Lucas Pantaleon, DVM, MS, DACVIM, MBA is a board certified large animal internal medicine specialist, and also holds an MBA from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst - Isenberg School of Management. For the past 5 years, he has used his passion for business and science by serving as the Director of Technical Services for Ogena Solutions and since January 2016 his new role has been as a Senior Clinical Veterinarian Advisor for Virox Animal Health. He was integral in the success of the Accelerated Hydrogen Peroxide® (AHP®) technology into the animal health market. In these roles Dr. Pantaleon helped the Companies to position AHP® within the U.S. market, organize university trials and educate on the importance of strict biosecurity measures. Prior to becoming an Advisor, Dr. Pantaleon was the Director of Internal Medicine and Biosecurity at an equine hospital in Kentucky where he was tasked with forming, training and managing the hospital team and internal medicine department. During his tenure, Dr. Pantaleon also participated in multi-center clinical trials, taught students and interns and effectively collaborated with colleagues both within and outside the organization.

With two decades of experience as a veterinarian, Dr. Sandra Strong has turned her passion for shelter medicine into tangible successes at shelters and clinics in both Texas and North Carolina. Currently serving as Chief Veterinarian for the Wake County Animal Center, Dr. Strong has focused her professional career on assisting animal welfare organizations and is excited about all the positive changes occurring in Animal Welfare. Prior to coming home to Raleigh she served as the Medical Director of SPAYSA, a non-profit High Volume Spay Neuter clinic in San Antonio, Texas where she also served as the staff veterinarian for the municipal animal shelter. During her tenure at San Antonio’s Animal Care Services, Dr. Strong led the implementation of best practices like humane housing, open selection adoption, pediatric housing, innovative ordinance revision and targeted spay neuter which has enabled that shelter to consistently increase live release rates each year. In addition to Public Health certification, she is working on becoming veterinary board certified with the American College of Animal Welfare. Dr. Strong is passionate about shelter medicine and continues to push for community changes and innovative programs to prevent animal suffering.

Jeanette O'Quin, DVM, MPH-VPH
earned her DVM (1993) and MPH (2011) degrees from the Ohio State University where she is currently employed in the College of Veterinary Medicine. Most of her career has been spent working in and with animal shelters, both private and municipal. She has been very active in organized Shelter Medicine serving as President of the Association of Shelter Veterinarians, co-authoring the Guidelines for Standards of Care in Animal Shelters, and helping to develop the board specialty in Shelter Medicine. Dr. O’Quin was most recently honored with the AVMA Animal Welfare Award.


This certificate program was created and produced by VetFolio with educational funding provided by Merck.

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