Featured Presentation: Turning crisis into action: how a parvo outbreak changed a shelter’s culture
As stray intakes started increasing post-pandemic, maintaining shelter capacity became more difficult at Norfolk Animal Care Center in Virginia as it did for many shelters throughout the country. This presentation will cover the resulting canine parvovirus outbreak that occurred at this shelter, including the risk factors that contributed to, management and outcome of the outbreak. The discussion will focus on how husbandry, medical, and operational procedures were integrated to overcome the outbreak. By making hard decisions, working with city leadership, and changing the organizational cultural at the shelter, this parvo outbreak shifted the shelter from “putting out fires” to proactively focusing on maintain a healthy shelter population.
Dr. Chumkee Aziz, Outreach Manager, UC Davis Koret Shelter Medicine Program
Ramon Villatoro, Operations Manager, Norfolk Animal Care Center
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