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!