Shelter Practices to Control Infectious Disease


Room: St Laurent 6
Simultaneous English-to-French interpretation available for this session.


Dr. Stephanie Black, Veterinarian, Ontario Shelter Medicine Association

Infection control is vital to reduce the incidence of disease outbreaks within a shelter. Shelter staff need to be cognizant of the risk of disease spread from the moment an animals enters the shelters doors, until it leaves for its forever home and every step in between. The goal of this lecture is to discuss some simple steps that every shelter should do to control the spread of infectious disease. Topics will include vaccination schedules, intake exams, wellness rounds and flow of animals through a shelter. Making some simple changes to how animals flow through the shelter can greatly reduce their length of stay and incidence of disease while improving a shelter's lifesaving capacity.

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Stephanie Black graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College in 2007. Since then, she has worked in private practice as a general practitioner, emergency veterinarian and now as a shelter veterinarian. She has worked with many shelters across Ontario including the OSPCA, Toronto Humane Society, North Bay Humane Society, Humane Society of Durham Region and now Toronto Animal Services. She completed a Masters of Veterinary Science with a focus in Shelter Medicine as well as a Graduate Certificate in Veterinary Forensics from the University of Florida. As well as currently working at Toronto Animal Services she is also teaching in the Veterinary Assisting Program at Seneca College.