How to Keep Infectious Diseases at Bay at Your Shelter
From animal care attendants to RVTs and beyond, everyone in the shelter has the power to have a big impact on animal health. Does it seem like animals keep getting sick no matter what you do, especially right now with intake numbers climbing in many shelters? Does URI have to be status quo for summer? Is parvo inevitable? Have you wondered what else you can do to get ahead of these vicious cycles? This webinar is for you!
UC Davis Koret Shelter Medicine Program veterinarians Dr. Aziz and Dr. Stuntebeck will answer your questions and arm you with the information you need to squash the most concerning infectious diseases in your shelter. Whether you’re providing daily care for animals or reviewing care and intake protocols, you’ll learn practical steps to relieve the strain on animals and team members. Come prepared to UNLEARN unhelpful myths and walk away with tools and techniques that will lead to healthier animals, less stress for you, and make your job of serving the pets and people in your community easier.
We want to answer your burning questions: please submit them HERE. This webinar will be interactive, so bring your additional infectious inquiries and conundrums for Drs. Aziz and Stuntebeck to answer live.
Can’t make it live? Register and receive a link to the recording after the event. Our experts can’t wait to give you what you need to tackle this concerning issue in your shelter!
After the webcast, join us on Maddie's Pet Forum to continue the discussion and exchange
About the Presenters:
Dr. Chumkee Aziz, DVM - Outreach Veterinarian, UC Davis Koret School of Shelter Medicine
Dr. Aziz grew up in Houston, Texas within a strong Bangladeshi-American community. Pet ownership and veterinary medicine were uncommon concepts growing up within her culture and it wasn’t until later in life that she was exposed to veterinary specialty medicine and eventually shelter medicine. Dr. Aziz found that shelter medicine encompassed everything she was interested in within veterinary medicine – supporting communities, championing the human-animal bond, upholding animal welfare and wellbeing, and supporting shelter colleagues and veterinary students. After completing her shelter medicine residency training with UC-Davis KSMP, Dr. Aziz worked with Austin Humane Society, the ASPCA and eventually rejoined the KSMP team in 2022 as an outreach veterinarian. Through her various positions, Dr. Aziz has been able to work with shelters across the country on mitigating infectious disease outbreaks, operating within their capacity for care, and implementing programs to keep pets with their families.
Dr. Aziz volunteered with the Association of Shelter Veterinarians’ (ASV) board from 2016-2022. Her time with ASV meant a lot to her because it gave her the chance to support colleagues in their efforts to care for animals and families across the country. Dr. Aziz also served on the authorship task force for the updating of AAHA’s Canine Vaccine Guidelines and ASV’s Guidelines for Standards of Care in Animal Shelters. Currently, Dr. Aziz supports shelter medicine’s specialty college, ABVP; volunteers with her Houston-based Street Dog Coalition chapter; and serves on Texas VMA’s shelter medicine committee, leading their student mentorship program.
Dr. Becky Stuntebeck, DVM - Facility Design Veterinarian, UC Davis Koret School of Shelter Medicine
Becky joined the KSMP team as a Facility Design Veterinarian in April 2022. She obtained her DVM degree at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine in 2013. She completed a shelter medicine internship at Dane County Humane Society via the KSMP team in 2014 and a shelter medicine residency with the UW Shelter Medicine Program in 2018, achieving board certification through the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners that Fall.
Becky has also worked as a shelter veterinarian at two private shelters in Wisconsin. In addition to facility design her interests include proactive population management and infectious disease prevention in shelters, as well as building relationships with folks across the sheltering field.
Outside of work she enjoys petting kittens, getting outside, and reading. She lives in Wisconsin with her husband, daughter, 3 aging cats, and 1 rowdy puppy.