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  • What you need to know about FIV-positive and negative cats living together
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    Evidence of whether FIV can be transmitted through casual contact between cats living together has been hard to come by, leaving animal shelters in a bind. What should they tell potential adopters when they ask if they can add a FIV-positive cat to their existing household? How about if a... Read more »
  • Babesia gibsoni: Recognition and recommendations for shelters
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    Does your animal shelter handle dog fighting cases? Do you admit or transfer in dogs who may come from a fighting background? Then Dr. Sarah Kirk wants you to have Babesia gibsoni on your radar. In her recent shelter medicine Masters Degree capstone presentation, Dr. Kirk tackled the challenges of diagnosing... Read more »
  • UF veterinary partnership to help save shelter dogs in Thailand
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    The University of Florida and Soi Dog Foundation have teamed up to elevate the care of stray dogs and cats in animal shelters in Thailand. Soi Dog Foundation, the largest animal welfare charity in Southeast Asia, operates a state-of-the-art veterinary hospital for the treatment of stray animals in Thailand. The hospital... Read more »
  • The inside story on becoming board-certified in shelter medicine
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    Since shelter medicine became a recognized veterinary specialty, there have been only two opportunities for veterinarians to become boarded in shelter medicine. One who took the grueling board exams and is now a specialist is the Maddie’s Shelter Medicine Program’s own Dr. Julie Levy. We spoke to Dr. Levy on... Read more »
  • Online help for shelter workers, veterinarians struggling with compassion fatigue
    Since the tragic suicide of Dr. Sophia Yin, compassion fatigue has been increasingly identified as a threat to the well-being, health, and even lives of people who work with animals. Veterinarians and animal shelter workers alike struggle with increased risk of emotional numbness, strained interpersonal relationships, anxiety, sleep disorders, and... Read more »

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