History and Purpose
In the spring of 2006, students at the UGA College of Veterinary Medicine created the Student Chapter of the Association of Shelter Veterinarians (scASV). The club was formed in response to rising student interest in careers in shelter medicine and surgery and a desire to work with shelters in the Athens area. The primary goal of the scASV is to advance the practice of shelter medicine and to further veterinary education as it relates to animal health in shelters.
What is Shelter Medicine?
Shelter Medicine is an emerging field within veterinary medicine that applies a herd health outlook to small animal medicine. Our discipline is fast-growing and opportunities are abundant.
Some relevant topics within the field of shelter medicine include epidemiology, infectious disease transmission and control, facility design, high volume spay/neuter, behavior evaluation and modification, community outreach, forensic veterinary medicine, animal abuse investigation, and public policy as it relates to companion animals.
We feel that shelter medicine is an exciting and dynamic field of veterinary medicine that impacts all small animal practitioners, even if you do not plan to actually work in a shelter.
There are many ways that all of us can serve our community when we graduate from UGA, and we hope that our club activities will help students become more aware of issues that face all animal shelters so that they may offer assistance and guidance.
We welcome all students to be members of the Shelter Medicine Club, and we encourage you to join our listserv in order to receive relevant information and announcements by e-mail. Please contact Heather Tucker to be added to the listserv.
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