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Advancing the health and well-being of animals and people


Principal Investigator: Elizabeth Berliner
Co-Principal Investigator: Janet Scarlett

Department of Population Medicine and Diagnostic Services
Contact Information: Email eab35@cornell.edu: Phone 253-3607
Sponsor: Wildlife Conservation & Shelter Medicine Program:  John T. and Jane A. Wiederhold Foundation
Grant Number: N/A
Title: Shelter Outreach and Consultation Service
Annual Direct Cost: $32,800
Project Period: 05/01/2012-04/30/2014

DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): The Maddie’s® Shelter Medicine Program at Cornell University seeks to create a model of comprehensive health management programs in small, rural animal shelters by establishing a mobile shelter outreach and consultation medicine service that brings veterinary students, shelter medicine interns, and an equipped diagnostic and health clinic to small shelters in upstate NY and PA.

This mobile clinic will serve many functions: 1) provision of primary care training for veterinary students, exposing them to the challenge of diagnosing and treating a wide variety of conditions in an environment where they must rely on physical examination and observation skills; 2) provision of training and exposure for graduate interns in the same environment, with a higher expectation for case management and protocol implementation; 3) provision of training for interns and students in providing population level care, including long assessment and data evaluation; and 4) provision of training in outbreak assessment and management. Furthermore our regular travel to participating shelters provides on-going, life-saving comprehensive health care for organizations otherwise unable to access such services for the homeless pets in their care.

This mobile clinic is the perfect blend of innovative veterinary student training, community outreach and service learning, traditional veterinary medicine, and herd- health delivery to the populations and organizations that need it most.

We are seeking funding for the vehicle and additional equipment and supplies needed for this exciting initiative.