On the road again: MSMP provides onsite consultation services for regional animal shelters

Drs. Henry (Shelter Medicine Instructor), Gallegos (2019 MSMP intern), and Fischer-Daly (2019 MSMP intern)

Drs. Henry (Shelter Medicine Instructor), Gallegos (2019 MSMP intern), and Fischer-Daly (2019 MSMP intern)

 

On the road again….

Drs. Henry, Gallegos, and Fischer-Daly are on the road this week, providing consultation services to a regional animal shelter who has invited them to better manage their population and increase life-saving. They will spend several days onsite, reviewing everything from animal flow-through, adoption methods, to touring facilities and interviewing staff.

Before our team even arrives at a shelter for an onsite consultation, we ask managers to fill out an in-depth set of questionnaires. This information aids our veterinarians in getting to know the struggles, questions, capabilities, and individual characteristics specific to each shelter. It also helps us target specific problem areas and make the best use of our time while there.

Drs. Henry, Gallegos, and Fischer-Daly will present their preliminary findings to shelter staff and the shelter’s board of directors. Then, back in their offices at the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, they will write up a comprehensive report with all of their findings and recommendations for the shelter. Shelters can use these reports to help secure grants, make policy or protocol changes, and design optimal sheltering facilities for the populations they serve.

To learn more about options for consultation with MSMP at Cornell, visit our website .

If you have any comments or questions about this post, please email Sarah Nickerson, Shelter Medicine Program Coordinator, at SN298@cornell.edu . Thank you!

What’s next?: Outgoing ’19 MSMP intern, Dr. Mackenzie Gallegos, plans to return home to help care for Houston’s homeless pets!

Dr. Mackenzie Gallegos ('19 MSMP intern) completes a puppy's medical chart at a Spayathon for Puerto Rico clinic.

Dr. Gallegos completes medical records for a puppy at a Spayathon for Puerto clinic.

Dr. Gallegos discussed records with CU vet student, Renee Staffeld ('20)

Dr. Gallegos discusses records with CU veterinary student, Renee Staffeld, at a Schuyler County Wellness Clinic led by MSMP at Cornell.

Dr. Gallegos ('19 MSMP intern) performs a solo spay surgery at a CornellVet Cares Community Cat Clinic.

Dr. Gallegos performs a solo spay surgery during a CornellVet Cares Community Cat Clinic led by MSMP at Cornell.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As I reflect on my year with the Maddie’s Shelter Medicine Program at Cornell, I think of my “last minute” decision to apply for a shelter internship after seeing Dr. Elizabeth Berliner speak at the annual ASPCA Cornell Maddie’s Shelter Medicine Conference. After listening to her lecture, I knew I needed to learn everything I could from Dr. Berliner. Luckily, I was accepted to this internship and was able to learn from the entire MSMP team and the amazing staff at the SPCA of Tompkins County. Before the internship, I could talk shelter medicine; now, I actually understand the concepts that encompass this diverse field and know how to apply them to any shelter I walk into.

Through the internship, I became a confident surgeon and clinician. Working at TSPCA each day allowed me to understand not only the medical side of sheltering, but experience the management and operations on a daily basis. My favorite aspect was participating in shelter consultations throughout New York State. Consulting with other shelters allowed a glimpse at the diversity of shelters out there. It also allowed critical thinking, problem solving, and the ability to improve the lives of animals and people in the sheltering world. Ultimately, working alongside extraordinary mentors, teachers, and friends made the internship an unforgettable experience.

Next, I am heading back home to Houston to work with various shelters in the area. Like many shelters in the southern United States, Houston struggles with a large population of homeless animals and a variety of infectious diseases. I feel well equipped to handle these challenges and hopefully can make a positive impact on this community that is near and dear to my heart.

– Dr. Mackenzie Gallegos (2019 Maddie’s Shelter Medicine Intern)

What’s next for Dr. Fischer-Daly?

2019 MSMP Intern, Sabine Fischer-Daly DVM, talks about her internship experience and plans for the future

Sabine Fischer-Daly DVM ('18 Shelter Medicine Intern) examines a dog at a Spayathon for Puerto Rico clinic

Sabine Fischer-Daly DVM (2019 Janet L. Swanson Intern of Shelter Medicine) examines a dog at a Spayathon for Puerto Rico clinic led by MSMP at Cornell.

My internship year with Maddie’s Shelter Medicine Program at Cornell brought me so many unique learning opportunities and experiences. Thanks to a wonderfully supportive team, the internship provided me the tools and experience to effectively and efficiently manage care of individual shelter animals and the shelter population as a whole. I had the opportunity to participate in a variety of outreach programs, in communities as far away as Puerto Rico and as near as our neighboring counties here in New York’s Southern Tier. I was able to travel to animal shelters throughout the Northeast to participate in comprehensive shelter consultations led by MSMP at Cornell, providing strategies for improvement of shelter management and animal care. Being able to visit a variety of shelters, large and small, rural and urban distinguished this internship and made for a remarkable learning experience.

Next I am headed West to work as the Community Wellness and Shelter Veterinarian at the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region, in Colorado Springs. There I will provide care for animals at the shelter, conduct public spay and neuter, and provide wellness to pets of low-income owners via a mobile unit. I look forward to applying what I’ve learned as a Maddie’s Shelter Medicine Program intern to this exciting work.

Last but not least, I must add that the MSMP faculty provided exceptional mentorship. With apparent ease, they provided appropriate support along the way and challenged my intern mate, Dr. Mackenzie Gallegos, and I to sharpen our skills. I cannot thank them enough for this year of growth as a shelter veterinarian.

– Sabine Fischer-Daly DVM (2019 MSMP Shelter Medicine Intern)

Spring Highlights: Outreach and more!

Wow! We have had quite a busy Spring here at MSMP at Cornell!

Spayathon for Puerto Rico

In May, we went on our last trip of Round 1 of Spayathon for Puerto Rico. During Round 1 of Spayathon for Puerto Rico, members of Cornell’s Shelter Medicine team along with volunteers ran 3 mash-style high-volume spay neuter clinics in Puerto Rico. We have signed on for Round 2 of Spayathonfor Puerto Rico with a commitment to lead 6 more spay-neuter clinics over the next two years. We will continue to lead veterinary service trips to multiple locations in Puerto Rico as part of the Spayathonfor Puerto Rico initiative, an endeavor comprised of 23 organizations who have come together under the leadership of the Humane Society of the United States to alleviate difficult conditions for animals in the wake of Hurricane Maria.

Images from Spayathon for Puerto Rico: Round 1 (Summer 2018-Spring 2019):

Dr. Fischer-Daly (intern '19) with Spayathon for Puerto Rico clientsclients and pets at Spayathon for Puerto Ricoclinic is ready and set up for Spayathon for Puerto Rico

Schuyler County Wellness Clinics

We held Schuyler County Wellness Clinics in both April and May. In collaboration with the Humane Society of Schuyler County, we provide wellness care, such as physical exams, vaccines, deworming, and flea/tick prevention to the under-served pets of low-income owners in Schuyler County.

These clinics are made possible by an Engaged Opportunity Grant through Engaged Cornell. Engaged Opportunity Grants are designed to help faculty and staff from across the University by supporting large and small projects which create, enhance, or encourage participation in community-engaged initiatives.

Images from the May 18th clinic at the Humane Society of Schuyler County:

Dr. Gallegos discussed records with CU vet student, Renee Staffeld ('20)CU vet student volunteering at Schuyler Wellness Clinic discusses procedures with your pet ownerCU vet student, Renee Staffeld, does physical exam on large dog during Schuyler County Wellness Clinic Photo of cars outside the Humane Society of Schuyler County on the day of the wellness clinic run by MSMP at Cornell

CornellVet Cares Community Cat Clinics

On June 14th, we ran our 3rd CornellVet Cares Community Cat Clinic for outdoor and barn cats of Cornell faculty. staff and students. Thanks to a grant made possible by Dr. Hollis Erb, Maddie’s Shelter Medicine Program at Cornell is offering several subsidized spay/neuter clinics for outdoor and community cats of Cornell faculty, staff, and students at the new Small Animal Community Practice building on Cornell’s Ithaca campus through the end of November 2019.


Coaxing a cat out of a carrier during MSMP at Cornell's CornellVet Cares Community Cat ClinicDr. Henry writes out the surgery schedule during one of MSMP at Cornell's CornellVet Cares Community Cat ClinicDr. Gallegos (shelter medicine intern '19) performs a solo spay surgery during a CornellVet Cares Community Cat Clinic

 

NEW! Cornell Maddie’s Shelter Medicine Mini-Conferences

This Fall, we will be hosting our first Cornell Maddie’s Shelter Medicine Mini-Conference. Taking the place of our monthly Central New York Shelter Forum meetings, these biannual half-day workshops will focus on shelter medicine topics and are designed to complement our annual summer ASPCA Cornell Maddie’s Shelter Medicine Conference, which will be held this year from July 12-14.

Lead by MSMP faculty, these smaller meetings are meant to act as networking and information gathering sessions for our local and regional shelters. Our first Cornell Maddie’s Shelter Medicine Mini-Conference will be held on November 15, 2019, at Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine located in Ithaca, NY. The topic for our first mini-conference will be “Sheltering by Number: Using Data to Save Lives”.

More information will be available soon in the “News & Events” section of our website.

If you have any questions or comments about the events or information provided in this MSMP at Cornell blog post, please email Sarah Nickerson, Shelter Medicine Program Coordinator, at SN298@cornell.edu .

Thank you,

Maddie’s Shelter Medicine Program at Cornell