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 The Shelter Medicine series is a multi-year collaboration between the Association of Shelter Veterinarians and The Association for Animal Welfare Advancement. These webinars are meant for both medical  staff and non-medical staff in shelters and animal control agencies.

Receive a 1-year free membership to either organization when you participate in a webinar.

Register for the full series or for individual sessions today!


September 25, 2019, 3-4pm ET 


Getting to Model Shelter: One Shelter’s Journey to Completion of the ASV Guidelines

This program has been approved for 1 hour of continuing education credit in jurisdictions that recognize RACE approval!

  • Cristie Kamiya, DVM, MBA, Chief of Shelter Medicine, Humane Society Silicon Valley
  • Kristen Jahnke, Director of Shelter Operations, Humane Society Silicon Valley

The Association of Shelter Veterinarians Guidelines for Standards of Care in Animal Shelters, a voluntary set of guidelines designed to promote the highest standards of welfare in animal shelters, has a lofty goal: to eliminate the suffering and needless death of homeless pets waiting for homes. We will explain how Humane Society Silicon Valley tackled over five hundred guidelines and significantly increased our life-saving capacity... and how you can, too!!!


October 9, 2019, 3-4 pm ET

Foundations for Behavioral Well-Being 

This program has been approved for 1 hour of continuing education credit in jurisdictions that recognize RACE approval!

  • Cynthia Karsten, DVM, DABVP, Shelter Medicine Practice, Outreach Veterinarian, Koret Shelter Medicine Program, UC Davis
  • Rachel Powell, DVM, UW/UCD Maddie's Shelter Medicine Fellow and Shelter Veterinarian, Saving Grace Pet Adoption Center

We'll discuss how to meet the Five Freedoms of animal welfare for all animals in our care in affordable, doable ways, such as housing, in-housing enrichment, out-of-housing time, and certainly length of stay. You'll leave with actionable ideas to implement at your shelter, as well as long-term goals to improve the lives of all animals (and people!) in your shelter.  All staff (both medical and non) and especially shelter leaders with decision making capabilities will benefit from this webinar.


Wednesday, November 6, 3-4 pm ET


The Leadership Challenge:  Nobody in Vet School Told Me I Had to Lead to Succeed (This session will be submitted for 1 hour of RACE CE credit.)

  • Jeannine Berger, DVM, DACVB, DACAW, CAWA,  Vice President, Rescue and Welfare, San Francisco SPCA  

How do we achieve our goals, when all we ever wanted to do is help animals? Why did nobody in vet school tell us, that by virtue of our degree, we are leaders in the community? If veterinarians don’t take the lead and advocate based on the power of all Five Freedoms, we are not representing the animal’s best interest. Join us to get the recipe for taking the lead in everyday veterinary operations. Practitioners will learn how to successfully lead multiple stakeholders and truly rise to the occasion to positively affect shelter leadership.


December 4, 2019, 3-4 pm ET

Medical Aspects of Companion Animal Transport Programs 

This program has been approved for 1 hour of continuing education credit in jurisdictions that recognize RACE approval!

  • Dr. Erin Doyle, Senior Director of Shelter Medicine, ASPCA

Learn about the best practices in medical oversight of companion animal transport programs.  The role of the veterinarian and veterinary team start at the planning stages of a transport program with a need for robust medical protocols at all stages in the transport process.  We'll review how to implement effective shelter medicine practices to mitigate disease risk in transport programs and utilize a strong communication system to troubleshoot any medical concerns that arise. This session is also part of the Best Practices Webinar Series: Companion Animal Transport (2019).


All webinars will be recorded and available on-demand.

Both the live webinars and the recordings are pending RACE approval.

Register for the series now and you’ll automatically be registered for the 12 other webinars coming in 2020!