The Association / ASV Webinars  

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!


June 3: Update on Behavioral Assessments in the Shelter - Dr. Wailani Sung, DACVB, Veterinary Behaviorist, Behavior Specialty Clinic, San Francisco SPCA

Behavioral assessments performed in the shelter are used to evaluate an animals’ behavior in various circumstances for specific purposes. These purposes may be to evaluate the predictability of an animal’s reaction to a number of situations. Recent insight has indicated that the evaluations in the shelter do not reliably predict how the pet is going to behave in the home. Many of the assessments lead to false positive results, meaning a pet can be labeled as being aggressive when it is not. We will review some of the assessments currently used and discuss a different approach to performing behavioral assessments of shelter pets.

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



All of these webinars:

  • Have been approved or submitted to RACE for CE (both live and archived versions).
  • Take place on Wednesdays from 3-4pm Eastern Time
  • Will be recorded and available on-demand 24/7.
  • Are free for members and non-members. (Non-members will need to create a free “Learning Non-Member” account in order to register.)

Bring your staff! (Only registrants can receive a certificate of completion.) Register today.

All webinars will be recorded and available on-demand.

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

Archived Webinars Include

Population Medicine and Effective Animal Disaster Response & Recovery - Carla L. Huston, DVM, PhD, dipl. ACVPM, Mississippi State University

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

Learn about activities that can be performed by shelters before, during, and after a disaster to build organizational resiliency and enhance recovery efforts.

Reducing Infection: Updates in Feline URI Management - Cynthia Karsten, DVM, DABVP (Shelter Medicine Practice) & Denae Wagner, DVM, MPVM, UC Davis Koret Shelter Medicine Program

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

Learn about UC Davis Koret Shelter Medicine Program's recent research on environmental and population health risk factors for feline upper respiratory disease in animal shelters.

Reduce Fear, Anxiety & Stress in Shelter Animals with Fear Free - Dr. Wailani Sung, DACVB, San Francisco SPCA

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

Learn how to clearly identify signs of fear, anxiety, stress and frustration in shelter animals in order to improve their overall welfare, mental health, and emotional well-being.


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

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

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

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!!!

Foundations for Behavioral Well-Being 

  • 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

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

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.

The Leadership Challenge:  Nobody in Vet School Told Me I Had to Lead to Succeed - Jeannine Berger, DVM, DACVB, DACAW, CAWA,  Vice President, Rescue and Welfare, San Francisco SPCA  

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

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.

Medical Aspects of Companion Animal Transport Programs - Dr. Erin Doyle, Senior Director of Shelter Medicine, ASPCA

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

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).


Optimal Staffing for Shelter Medical Departments & Clinics Zarah Hedge, DVM, MPH, DACVPM, DABVP, & Audrey Lang, MS, SPHR, San Diego Humane Society

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

If you have medical staff, then you need to attend this webinar! We will look at important considerations and strategies when planning medical staffing recruitment, protocols, procedures, and schedules.


Partnerships with Private Practitioners in the Shelter Setting - Allison Lash, DVM, Cleveland Animal Protective League

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

How can we work together to save more lives? We will explore different relationship models between shelters and veterinary private practices.


Reporting Animal Cruelty: The Role of the Animal Welfare Professional - Edward Schettino, DVM, PhD, Animal Rescue League of Boston

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

Learn how to recognize the signs of abuse and neglect, and find out about cruelty laws and reporting procedures in your state.


Assessing Pain & Quality of Life in Shelter Animals - Emily McCobb, DVM, MS DACVAA, Director, Tufts Shelter Medicine Program & the Luke and Lily Lerner Spay Neuter Clinic at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, Tufts University

We will review quality of life concepts and discuss methods for the assessment of subjective states, including pain.  The goal of the session is to encourage attendees to develop assessment tools for their own facilities and to consider the perspective of individual animals in making outcome decisions.  Finally, attendees will consider how quality of life assessment can be used to consider animal welfare dilemmas. This session is designed for veterinarians, shelter staff, and shelter leadership.  Attendees will be able to:

  • Define quality of life and describe how quality of life may be measured in companion animals
  • Recognize signs of pain and distress in cats and dogs
  • List two assessment tools that can be used to assess pain in cats and dogs
  • Give at least one example of a situation at their organization or facility where considering quality of life could help make care or outcome decisions

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