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Shelter Medicine Purdue Fall Conference


When: 9/12/2014
Where: Purdue University
625 Harrison Street
West Lafayette, IN, IN  47907
United States
Purdue University Fall Conference
Marti Burns

Phone: 765-494-0611

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Shelter Medicine for the veterinary team and staff

Friday, September 12, 2014

West Lafayette, IN


DVM:  Full Conference $325 - Friday only $200

Vet Tech:  Full Conference $ 175 - Friday only $110

Shelter Medicine Staff Friday only:  $30

Hands on behavior lab additional $20 Fee

Register online at

 or contact Marti Burns, Director of Lifelong Learning
at, 765-494-0611


Shelter 911: Nursing Care for Foster Families

Dr. Carol Fellenstein

This lecture will present information on the most common signs of illness in shelter pets while they are in foster homes, practical information on how foster parents can look after an unwell shelter pet, and when foster parents should seek the assistance of a veterinarian.

8:00 - 8:50 a.m.,

Purdue Stewart Center Room 218

1 CE Credit

How to Encourage and Retain Foster Parents

Jennifer Saferight

Volunteers and Foster Parents provide countless hours of cost free labor to shelters and rescues.  Showing appreciation through training, incentives, recognition and empowerment is key to building and nurturing relationships. Burnout prevention begins with education and providing these individuals with the tools needed to be successful.  Assigning clear and practical goals for each animal allows the volunteer to work towards a specifi c outcome, which when reached, will empower the individual and strengthen their believe in your mission.

9:00 - 9:50 a.m.,

Purdue Stewart Center Room 218

1 CE Credit

How to Use Social Media to Bring Your Local Community to Your Shelter

Bill Schroeder

This lecture focuses on creating the right shelter environment and publicity campaigns to recruit people from the community into a shelter so that they can become volunteers and foster parents.

10:10 - 11:00 a.m.,

Purdue Stewart Center Room 218

1 CE Credit


Volunteers and Foster Parents: Setting Shelter Pets Up for Behavioral Success in Long-Term Homes

Dr. Sara Bennett

Session attendees will learn about and observe three basic training exercises being applied to shelter dogs that will help to improve the dog’s behavior, presentation to
the public, and consequently, its adaptability. They will then have the opportunity to practice teaching these techniques to a group of shelter dogs with the goal of
learning how to apply these training exercises to dogs they encounter, whether in a shelter, rescue, kennel or veterinary setting, after completing the session.

11:10 - noon.,

Purdue Stewart Center Room 218

1 CE Credit

 Shelter Medicine Behavior Lab

Dr. Sara Bennett and Dr. Niwako Ogata

Attendees will learn and practice techniques introduced in the morning lectures, such
as how to use systematic desensitization and counter-conditioning for basic routine
handling such as examining ears and performing nail trims, how to use two basic
towel wraps for restraining cats, how to teach a pet to readily take a pill and how to trade a dog for a guarded item.  As time allows, attendees will also have the
opportunity to practice the technique of how to properly fit and teach a dog to wear
a basket muzzle. Stuffed animal cats and live dogs will be used during the Lab.  Lab
participants must attend the morning lectures.

2:00 - 5:00 p.m.,

Purdue Armory 2 CE Credits Limited Space (40) Additional Fee: $20


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