Posts Tagged ‘Shelter Medicine’

Applied Animal Behavior

Organization

Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine
Foster Hospital for Small Animals
200 Westboro Rd
North Grafton, MA 01536

Contact

Name: Dr. Seana Dowling-Guyer
Email: Seana.Dowling_guyer@tufts.edu
Phone: 

Details

Students: MAPP, DVM and MCM
Credit:  3 MAPP credits/ .5 DVM

Description

Students who are interested in the shelter medicine program should take this selective in the spring of their second year.

This course will focus on applied behavior topics of common companion, farm, and zoo animals.  We will discuss animal body language and typical behavior and compare that to people’s perceptions of that behavior.  Assessment of behavior and common problem behaviors will be reviewed along with effective management and modification techniques of those problems.  Force-free handling and positive reinforcement training will be emphasized.  We will examine abnormal behavior particularly as it relates to stress and poor welfare and design remediation, management, and modification programs to mitigate that behavior, with the goal of improving welfare.  This course builds on topics covered in APP 1011 Principles of Animal Behavior and APP 1007 Wildlife in Captivity, and relates to APP 1008 Introduction to Animal Welfare but it is not necessary to have taken any of those courses nor is this a repeat of those courses.  This course will be a mix of lecture, discussion, and hands-on work with animals.  Students will design their own assessment and training programs, implement them, and record their progress and outcome.  There will be several smaller research and writing assignments as well.  Students will gain an understanding of the typical behavior of select animals, assessment techniques and indicators of poor welfare, and effective strategies for working with those animals in a variety of settings as well as appreciate the role of human companions and caretakers in the expression and perception of animal behavior.

Introduction to Animal Welfare Science

Organization

Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine
Center for Animals and Public Policy
200 Westboro Rd
North Grafton, MA 01536

Contact

Name: Dr. Emily McCobb
Email: emily.mccobb@tufts.edu
Phone: (508) 887-4570 x84570

Details

Students: varies
Credit:  3 MAPP/  .5 DVM

Description

Spring –  this course will be taught on Tuesday afternoons from 3 to 5 pm. However, students should reserve the 1 to 5 pm slot because there will be some field trips and some sessions will include time for completing reading assignments and group work.  This course is co-offered to MAPP, DVM and MCM students.

Students interested in the Shelter Medicine Program should take this course in their first year as an entry class. However, it is open to all first and second year students. This course will explore a range of subjects related to animal welfare. The goal is for the student to understand various perspectives and definitions of animal welfare, methods for scientific study and evaluation of animal welfare, the effect of policy and markets on shaping of practices, and current welfare issues in areas such as animal agriculture, sport, science, and education. The course will review the history of animal welfare and the evolution of legislation and policy in the US and elsewhere. To follow, we will consider various aspects of assessing welfare, including stress, physical health, mental states, and quality of life. Issues such as selective breeding, environmental conditions, transportation, humane killing, and animals as business opportunities will be discussed with a cross-species approach. Finally, the students will be introduced to methods of conducting welfare assessments. The format of the course will include a blend of readings, lectures, practical experience, discussion, and student projects.

Tufts Community Cat Clinics

Organization

Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine
Center for Animals and Public Policy
200 Westboro Rd
North Grafton, MA 01536

Contact

Name: Dr. Emily McCobb
Email: emily.mccobb@tufts.edu
Phone: (508) 839-3337

Details

Students: 4  
Credit: varies

Description

Opportunity to practice technical skills and procedures such as vaccinations, SQ fluid administration, etc. In addition, students will observe surgeries and feral cat clinic procedures. As a volunteer, students will be helping serve an animal population in need and support the shelter medicine program.

Shelter Visits

Organization

Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine
200 Westboro Rd
North Grafton, MA 01536

Contact

Name: Dr. Emily McCobb
Email: emily.mccobb@tufts.edu
Phone: (508) 839-4570 x84570

Details

Students: MAPP, DVM and MCM
Credit: 2 MAPP credits/ .5 DVM

Description

This elective is designed for students with a special interest in shelter medicine.  The sessions will be divided as follows:

Session 1:  (2 hours) meet with Dr. McCobb to discuss semester goals and prepare list of locations to visit.  The selected locations can be determined by the student’s interests and by ease of travel.   In addition, we will review a list of goals/questions to be answered by the student at each visit site.

Visits: students will visit 4 animal shelters in the New England area. For each shelter they will prepare a five page report summarizing the goals and questions that we discussed.   Students should also write a conclusion report (of at least 5 pages) summarizing comparisons between the different places that they visited.

Wrap up Session: (2 hours) the student will meet with Dr. McCobb again to discuss the shelter visits and what was learned.

 

Shelter Medicine

Organization

Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine
Center for Animals and Public Policy
200 Westboro Rd
North Grafton, MA 01536

Contact

Name: Dr. Emily McCobb
Email: emily.mccobb@tufts.edu
Phone: (508) 887-4570

Details

Students: varies
Credit: 0.5

Description

Offered in the Fall for 1st Year Students

The shelter medicine selective course is an intensive course focusing on applied small animal medicine in the shelter setting. The format is readings, lectures and group discussion. The course will involve ten course sessions as well as some out of class preparation time.

Possible Course Topics:

  • Shelter Medicine 101: Overview and opportunities in shelter medicine
  • Concepts of Herd Health and epidemiology in shelters
  • Feline URI/Other infectious disease
  • Emergency care and triage in a shelter setting
  • Diagnostics and pathology in the shelter
  • Vaccination in shelters and foster homes
  • Sanitations standards in shelter settings
  • Transport issues and health
  • Zoonotic disease concerns/immunocompromised humans
  • Public health regulations and reportable disease

Introduction to Veterinary Forensics

Organization

Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine
200 Westboro Rd
North Grafton, MA 01536

Contact

Name: Dr. Emily McCobb
Email: emily.mccobb@tufts.edu
Phone: (508) 887-4570

Details

Students: varies
Credit: 0.5

Description

Offered in the Fall for 2nd  Year Students

Students: Third year veterinary students with a strong interest in Shelter Medicine

This course will be taught by Dr. Martha Smith-Blackmore, acting director of the Animal Rescue League of Boston and past president of the Association of Shelter Veterinarians. Dr. McCobb will be the course coordinator. The course will be targeted to third year veterinary students and taught at a basic level. The format will be 20 hours of lecture and discussion in addition to assigned readings and projects. Topics covered will include the animal cruelty laws in the US, the basic structure and time line of a criminal investigation and trial, documentation of evidence at the scene, how to conduct a forensic necropsy and preserve the chain of evidence. In addition the pathology of non-accidental injury and neglect will be covered in various species. Sessions will be devoted towards interactions of the veterinarian with law enforcement, animal inspectors and pet owners as well as with legal professionals.
Required Text: Merck, M. Veterinary Forensics, animal cruelty investigations. Oxford: Blackwell Publishing, 2007.

Worcester Animal Rescue League

Organization

Worcester Animal Rescue League
Center for Animals and Public Policy
139 Holden St
Worcester, MA 01606

Contact

Name: Dr. Emily McCobb
Email: emily.mccobb@tufts.edu
Phone: (508) 887-4745 x84570

Details

Students: 2
Credit: varies

Description

Students taking this selective will have the opportunity to investigate the inner working of an urban shelter that does both private humane society work, and serves as an animal control facility for the city of Worcester and several surrounding communities.

The benefit of this type of shelter is that is provides you with the opportunity to see the differences between animals that are owner relinquishments, and those that are picked up as strays by an animal control officer. Adoptions and the entire adoption process can also be observed. You may have the opportunity to see animals at the shelter that are part of an animal cruelty investigation

Participation in this selective will give you an opportunity to observe the flow of animals through the shelter, from adoption to intake processing, to behavioral evaluations of dogs, to life on the adoption floor, and finally to adoption. You will be allowed to participate in the medical care of the animal on intake (perform physical exams, and do routine lab work). Depending on when you are taking the selective, you may be able to assist veterinarians in the spaying and neutering of animals.

This selective can either be taken during the semester (on Tuesday afternoons, or Wednesday mornings), or during the summer.

Foster Parrots Adoption Ltd.

Organization

Foster Parrots
PO Box 34
Hope Valley, RI  02832

Contact

Name: Stephanie Young
Email: volunteer@fosterparrots.com
Phone: (401)207-1090

Details

Students: 2
Credit: varies

Description

A nonprofit parrot rescue and a public charity dedicated to serving unwanted or neglected parrots.

Physical Address:  87 Woodville Alton Road, Hope Valley, RI  02832

Farm Sanctuary – NY

Organization

Farm Sanctuary – NY
PO Box 150
Watkins Glen, NY 14891

Contact

Name: unknown
Phone: (607) 583-2225

Details

Students: varies
Credit: 0.5

Description

Summer selective option, 0.5 credit only. Farm Sanctuary is a non-profit farm animal protection organization. All interns are responsible for a specific job for 40 hours/week, shelter emergencies as needed, special educational opportunities. Minimum commitment is one month.