Shelter Medicine For Veterinarians and Staff


Shelter Medicine for Veterinarians and Staff, Second Edition is the premier reference on shelter medicine. By: Lila Miller (DVM) and Stephen Zawistowski (Ph.D).

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Shelter Medicine for Veterinarians and Staff, Second Edition is the premier reference on shelter medicine. Divided into sections on:-

  • management;
  • species-specific animal husbandry;
  • infectious disease;
  • animal cruelty;
  • shelter programs – behavior and spay/neuter.

The new edition has been reformatted in a more user-friendly design with briefer chapters and information cross-referenced between chapters.  Maintaining a herd health approach, new and expanded chapters address issues of husbandry, infectious disease management, behavior forensics, population management, forensic toxicology, animal cruelty and hoarding, enrichment in shelters, spay/neuter, and shelter design.

Now in full color, this fully updated new edition delivers a vast array of knowledge necessary to provide appropriate and humane care for shelter animals.  Veterinarians, veterinary technicians and shelter professionals will find this to be the go-to resource on the unique aspects of shelter medicine that help facilitate operating a modern, efficient, and humane shelter.

The ASPCA National Shelter Outreach Program estimates there are 4000-6000 animal shelters in the United States. As the U.S. moves toward reducing the number of animals euthanized in its shelters, access to informed medical care and sound management procedures becomes increasingly critical.

Veterinary schools have recently begun offering courses in shelter medicine. This premier text, dedicated to the field of shelter medicine, is a welcome addition to veterinary literature. This text will prove helpful to veterinarians, veterinary technicians, and other veterinary health professionals seeking job opportunities outside of the traditional veterinary practice, research, and industry venues. Shelter professionals will also want this reference text in their library.

In addition to issues of epidemiology, Shelter Medicine for Veterinarians and Staff, also addresses issues like feral cat programs, basic sanitation, shelter design, cruelty investigations, and euthanasia. This book is the first ever to involve principles of herd health management in companion animal species in shelters.


“This book is an essential resource for all who are interested in this rapidly advancing field.  I wore out my copy of the first edition, and I expect to do the same with this wonderfully updated book.  This book belongs in the libraries of all animal shelters as well as those of veterinarians, veterinary technicians, and veterinary students who have an interest in shelter medicine.”   (Journal of The American Veterinary Medical Association, 15 March 2013)

“An excellent tool for the ‘real’ world.”  (Vet Nurses Today, 1 July 2013)

“The result is a fine guide to animal management, the latest laws, and the newest veterinary practices in a shelter environment: a ‘must’ for any veterinary reference collection.”  (Midwest Book Review, 1 March 2013)

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Weight 1 kg
Dimensions 31 × 15 × 5 cm

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