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Understanding shelter medicine

By Tânia Isabel Gomes Frazão Pina Santos

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Shelter medicine is a small animal herd health discipline that is becoming an emerging area of specialization. This discipline rose from difficulties that shelter veterinarians face every day in local community shelters or supporting associations that protect the interests of animal well-being. The demands of veterinary health care when dogs, cats and other animals are housed together are so myriad, that demonstrates the necessity to establish protocols, standards, guidelines and the need to perform scientific investigations in shelter settings. Shelter Medicine also considers the demands of the community striving to find ways to reduce euthanasia and increasing the numbers of animals adopted. This thesis expects to describe the overall importance of Shelter Medicine and its main contents showing at the same time a practical evaluation application in a local Humane Society, in the USA, of the shelter medicine theoretical information available.

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Mason N McLary

HABRI Central

Date 2010
Pages 131
Publisher Universidade Técnica de Lisboa
Location of Publication Lisbon, Portugal
Department Medicina Veterinária
URL http://hdl.handle.net/10400.5/2205
Language English
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  1. Animals
  2. Animal shelters
  3. Animal welfare
  4. Cats
  5. Communities
  6. Dogs
  7. Euthanasia
  8. Health
  9. Mammals
  10. Shelter medicine
  11. standards
  12. Veterinary medicine