Shelter Medicine: What Does the Future Hold in Canada?

Speakers: Dr. Shane Bateman, DVM and Dr. Danielle Boes, DVM
Contributors: Dr. Hanna Booth, Dr. Linda Jacobson, Dr. LeeAnn Sealey, Dr. Karen Ward

This session will provide an introduction to what shelter veterinarians can provide to support animal welfare and optimal outcomes from shelters. Historical background information about shelter medicine in North America and the achievements of shelter veterinarians in the U.S. will be highlighted. An overview of the training opportunities that are emerging for veterinarians to specialize in shelter medicine will also be provided. Recently, shelter medicine veterinarians in Canada have begun to organize themselves. The group of presenters will outline some of the discussions that have occurred to date and encourage the audience to participate in discussions about the future directions of shelter medicine in Canada.

Key Learnings:
1. Current achievements of shelter medicine in North America
2. Snapshot of a day-in-the-life of a shelter veterinarian
3. Future directions of shelter medicine in Canada


Dr. Shane Bateman
Dr. Shane Bateman, DVM DVSc DACVECC, completed his veterinary degree at the University of Saskatchewan in 1991 and completed his residency in Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care at the Ontario Veterinary College in 1998. He is a boarded specialist in critical care. Shane is Associate Professor at the Ontario Veterinary College, and Chair of the Board of Directors of the Guelph Humane Society. He also serves as co-Director of Community Veterinary Outreach.

Dr. Danielle Boes
Dr. Danielle Boes, BSc DVM, graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College in 2013. She subsequently completed a Shelter Medicine Internship at Cornell University. Following the internship, Danielle began working at the Toronto Humane Society and is currently employed there as a staff shelter veterinarian. Dani is active in community outreach, volunteering with trap-neuter-return (TNR) programs and mentoring students.

Doctors Bateman, Boes, Booth, Jacobson and Sealey are part of the Founding Committee of the incipient Ontario Shelter Medicine Association.