Big Dog Master Class Block 2 - The Big Picture: Building Better Dog Management Programs (60 minutes total)
Steve Zeidman, Senior Vice President, Software Solutions, Pethealth, Inc.
Dr. Julie Levy, Fran Marino Endowed Distinguished Professor of Shelter Medicine Education, Maddie's® Shelter Medicine Program at the University of Florida
Kristen Hassen, Founder and Principal Consultant, Outcomes Consulting
Session 1: The Data Is In – What’s Happening and What’s Coming Next (19 minutes)
Steve Zeidman and Dr. Julie Levy share the last three years of data about big dogs in shelters, including trends in intake, length of stay, live outcomes, types of outcomes, and more.
Session 2: The Five Elements of Great Shelter Dog Management (32 minutes)
Kristen Hassen presents an overview of what a comprehensive program to manage big dogs in shelters looks like. She shares recommendations for proven programs, smart policies, and goal-setting that will enable animal welfare leaders to tackle tough shelter problems, build a sustainable management system for big dogs, and get more dogs into homes faster, all while maintaining a culture of safety and community responsibility.
- Learn what the data shows about national trends in big dogs in animal shelters and how to apply this information to your own organization's programs and policies.
- Be able to share information on the data points discussed, big dog management practices of the most successful organizations, and how to make small changes to your shelter's practices that have a significant, measurable impact on length of stay, live outcomes, intake reduction, and more.
- Understand the components of healthy big dog management programs and be able to identify gaps and problem areas in your own organization in order to be able to make improvements.
- Earn 1.0 Certified Animal Welfare Administrator continuing education credits from The Association for Animal Welfare Advancement and from the National Animal Care & Control Association.
- This course has been approved for 1 hour of continuing education credit for each block of presentations until February 14, 2024 in jurisdictions that recognize RACE approval. Pass the quiz with a score of 70% or higher to access your CE certificate and then upload it to https://CEBroker.com. This is the broker that the AAVSB uses to track your continuing education credits.
Keywords: data, intake, length of stay, live outcomes, management system for big dogs, animal behavior, big dogs, large dogs, dogs, Maximize In-Shelter Welfare, Maximize physical and behavioral health, Animal & Population Management, Strategic & Operational Planning, Policies & Procedures, webcast
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Senior Vice President, Software Solutions
Few people know that I was already working in animal care when I transitioned to my first full time technology role in 2002. Before this, I was an operational manager trying to accomplish our organization's important mission with a very limited budget. To meet our objectives, we needed to work more efficiently so I turned to solutions that involved technology. Ever since, my focus has been the intersection of animal care and technology.
Julie Levy, DVM
Co-Founder, Million Cat Challenge, Maddie's Shelter Medicine Program at UF
Maddie's Shelter Medicine Program at UF
Dr. Julie Levy is the Fran Marino Professor of Shelter Medicine Education at the University of Florida, where she focuses on the health and welfare of animals in shelters, feline infectious diseases, and humane alternatives for cat population control. She founded Operation Catnip, a nonprofit university-based community cat trap-neuter-return program that has spayed, neutered, and vaccinated more than 65,000 cats in Gainesville since 1998. In 2008, she joined Dr. Cynda Crawford to found Maddie’s Shelter Medicine Program at the College of Veterinary Medicine, an educational and discovery initiative with a global impact on the care of homeless animals. In 2014, she joined Dr. Kate Hurley to launch the Million Cat Challenge, a shelter-based campaign to save millions of cats in shelters across North America.
Kristen Hassen is the founder and principal consultant of Outcomes Consulting, building safe, humane communities for pets and the people who love them. She also serves on the board of the National Animal Care and Control Association (NACA). Kristen is also the co-founder and former director of the Human Animal Support Services Project. Before this, she was the director at Pima Animal Care Center, the municipal animal shelter in Tucson, Arizona, that took in approximately 20,000 pets annually with a 92% live release rate. Prior to this, Kristen served as the deputy director at Austin Animal Services and the assistant director of the Fairfax County Animal Shelter in Fairfax, Virginia.