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Title: Shelter Medicine program
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Title: Shelter Medicine program
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Language: English
Creator: College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Florida
Publisher: College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Florida
Publication Date: 2008
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Spatial Coverage: North America -- United States of America -- Florida
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Source Institution: University of Florida
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Table of Contents
    Front Cover
        Page 1
    Shelter medicine program
        Page 2
    Training the trainers
        Page 3
    Animal welfare initiatives
        Page 4
    Giving information
        Page 5
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SHELTER-COLLEGE EXTERNSHIP PARTNERSHIPS
Veterinary students get up close and personal with the challenges
of providing veterinary care for homeless animals during
rotations that take them out of the college and into the real
world of animal shelters. Through these partnerships, students
receive college credit for participating in all aspects of animal
sheltering, including riding with field officers, cruelty investiga-
tions, animal care, spay and neuter surgery, and adoptions.

GROWING HEALTHY SHELTERS
Keeping shelter animals healthy while they wait for new homes is
one of the greatest challenges for animal shelters. College faculty
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establish effective infection control programs and to treat ailing
animals. Experts also provide a series of training courses at the
college each year to help enhance the expertise of animal welfare
workers nationwide.

TOWN-GOWN INITIATIVES
The college has a long history of joining community initiatives
to enhance animal welfare locally and internationally. The college
was a founding member of the No More Homeless Pets in
Alachua County coalition; helped develop a plan to end the
euthanasia of homeless animals in local shelters; and hosts a
nationally-recognized feral cat sterilization program, Operation
Catnip. Faculty, staff, and student volunteers travel to
underserved regions of the United States, Mexico, and as far
away as the Galapagos Islands of Ecuador to deliver
veterinary care and spay/neuter programs to indigent
populations.

COMMUNITY OUTREACH
Educating our citizens on issues such as animal
health and welfare, the human animal bond, and
community resources for animals is essential in order
to decrease admissions to local animal shelters. The
college has established a new partnership with the interdis-
ciplinary family health program within the UF College of
Medicine. This pilot program teams up medical, dental, nursing,
and veterinary students to provide education and health care to
high-risk families. In addition, we have instituted an outreach
program to the homeless people in our community, whereby


students on the shelter medicine rotation are able to work side
by side with faculty and private veterinarians to provide basic
veterinary care and spay/neuter surgeries for their animal
companions.

DISASTER RESPONSE
The state of Florida has an excellent disaster response system,
and many first responders are members of the veterinary faculty.
The University of Florida Veterinary Emergency Treatment
Service (UF VETS) is part of the college's commitment to
providing care for animals displaced by natural and man-made
disasters within our state. UF VETS collaborates with national
sheltering groups and local animal shelters in heavily
impacted areas. Our role is to provide veterinary
Assistance to animals affected by disasters and to
help local veterinarians and shelters resume
operations following a disaster.

FLORIDA AND BEYOND
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t leader in humane education and animal welfare.
We envision a shelter and welfare education
outreach program that will move beyond Alachua
County to include all of Florida, so that communities
throughout our state can utilize the expertise of our
faculty to develop more humane animal management practices.
We want to be a resource for shelters and welfare workers across
the state and region, so that animals in their care remain healthy
and happy until they are placed into permanent, loving homes.


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Checks should be made payable to the University of Florida
Foundation, Inc. Gifts to UFF are tax deductible to the
extent provided by law. For more information, contact the
Office of Development, University of Florida College of
Veterinary Medicine, (352) 392-2213, ext. 5200.


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College of Veterinary Medicine
Small Animal Clinical Sciences
P.O. Box 100126
Gainesville, FL 32610-0126
Tel. (352) 392-2226 I Fax: (352) 392-6125
www.vetmed.ufl.edu


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