Shelter Medicine in the Community: Ontario Initiatives

TUESDAY, APRIL 11, 8:30-10:00AM

SPEAKER: Dr. LeeAnn Sealey, DVM, Veterinarian, Kitchener-Waterloo Humane Society

Shelter veterinarians and technicians spend a lot of time and effort, as staff and volunteers, both in and out of the shelter, assisting pets and people in the community. This talk will present an overview of the role of shelter medicine in the community and will highlight and describe some current outreach projects that are driven and supported by Ontario shelters.

Three Key Learnings:
1. Extending veterinary care into under-serviced communities is essential for pet health and pet retention
2. Many shelters in Ontario are involved in community veterinary initiatives
3. An outline of selected programs

Dr. LeeAnn Sealey graduated from the OVC in 1993 and owned a companion animal hospital from 1997-2015. She began working in shelter medicine in 2013 and became the veterinary director for the Kitchener-Waterloo Humane Society in 2014. She has organized many programs at KWHS, including HVHQSN, TNR, working with Veterinary Outreach and the development of a Community Assistance Program.