Population Health for Companion Animals

Our program’s shelter medicine experts are available to help animal shelters with a variety of issues, including infectious disease outbreaks and prevention, implementing efficient protocols for population management, sanitation, intake, medical and behavioral care, and facility design.  Veterinary students join UGA faculty, house officers, and staff to provide support and training for animal shelter staff, volunteers, and foster parents on key topics to improve animal health and wellbeing.

Whether you have a quick question or a situation you want to discuss in more detail, please reach out to us for support. We are here to assist you in any way we can.  Involving veterinary students in these discussions helps prepare your future community veterinarians to assist you!

Shelter consultation services are available by request. Each consultation is tailored to the specific goals and needs of the organization. Possible areas of focus include:

  • Infectious disease management
  • Diagnostic testing options
  • Outbreak response
  • Preventive care (vaccines, parasite control)
  • Sanitation
  • Spay/Neuter
  • Treatment for common conditions
  • Behavior and enrichment
  • Animal care and husbandry
  • Population management
  • Foster and Adoption programs
  • Community cat management
  • Intake diversion programs
  • Transport programs
  • Facility design and housing
  • Comprehensive shelter consultation

Our consultation approach examines shelter operations through the framework of the Association of Shelter Veterinarians’ Guidelines for Standards of Care in Animal Shelters.

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How are students involved in shelter consultations?

Veterinary students are supervised by clinical faculty and house officers and participate in the consultation process, on-site or remotely via phone, email, or video call.  Students gain valuable experience in population health while assisting community animal shelters with disease outbreaks, protocol development, and facility design and housing.  Our graduates who gain this critical experience will enter clinical practice better equipped to support community animal shelters achieve their life-saving goals.

Can an animal shelter host veterinary students for clinical training?

Yes! Veterinary students can visit shelters as externs during their clinical training if there is a licensed veterinarian available and willing to supervise and mentor the student. Please contact Sarah Jaworski ([email protected]) in the Office of Academic Affairs for more information and an application.

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