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  • July 1, 2009

    Field Trip: Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine and the Brazos Animal Shelter

    The Brazos Animal Shelter does not have a staff veterinarian, but through a partnership with Texas A&M University, veterinary students provide crucial medical care to shelter animals during all four years of their professional training.

  • May 1, 2009

    Shelter Medicine: Handling Large Scale Raids

    Animals brought to shelters in mass numbers don't just come from animal hoarders. They may also arrive from raids on puppy mills, pet shops, or illegal animal shipments, or be victims of natural or manmade disasters. All shelters should have a plan in place for handling the influx when such situations occur.

  • January 1, 2009

    People Power: Philip Bushby

    Though Philip Bushby teaches at the Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine, he is rarely on campus. Instead, he is on the road three to six days a week, carrying out his life's work and passion-changing the veterinary profession's attitudes toward animal welfare.

  • January 1, 2009

    Shelter Medicine: How Much Care is Enough?

    The explosion of new medical information and treatment options has created ethical quandaries for shelters: How much care is enough? What can the shelter afford to spend? Lila Miller offers her thoughts on making treatment decisions.

  • November 1, 2008

    Shelter Medicine: A Passion for Shelter Work'and for Cats

    In this introductory column, our new veterinary columnist, Dr. Brenda Griffin, tells of her pioneering pursuit into shelter medicine, and how listening to her heart changed her life.

  • September 1, 2008

    Shelter Medicine: To Test or Not to Test

    Feline leukemia and feline immunodeficiency virus are the bad boys of the microbial kitty kingdom, but when is it in your shelter's best interest to test for these diseases? Here's a prescription shelters can use to inoculate the dilemma.

  • January 1, 2008

    Shelter Medicine: Animal Cruelty: Where We Are, Where We Should Be

    The veterinarian's role in cruelty cases has often been limited, but Dr. Lila Miller says that needs to change.

  • November 1, 2007

    Shelter Medicine: When Is a Virulent Calicivirus Really a Virulent Calicivirus?

    Shelters are seeing outbreaks of virulent systemic feline calicivirus ??? or are they? Dr. Kate Hurley explains the basics of diagnosing and controlling strains of FCV.

  • May 1, 2007

    Shelter Medicine: A Basic Physical Examination for Shelter Animals

    Fundamental to maintaining a healthy shelter population is a system for examining all animals as soon as possible after intake. Veterinarian Lila Miller of the ASPCA runs through the basics.

  • April 30, 2007

    Online Extra - Form a Puppy Protection Brigade

    Does your shelter experience frequent cases or outbreaks of canine parvovirus? Do you receive large numbers of young puppies? Do you lack adequate facilities for quarantine? You are not alone. These conditions are common, particularly in southeastern shelters. If you are searching for some cost-effective protocols to decrease the number of parvo cases in your shelter, try what has worked at the Lee County Humane Society in Auburn, Alabama.

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