HL310 Animal Health and Behavior in the Sheltering Environment

Course Description

This course examines basic health and behavioral management issues involving sheltered animals. Topics include epidemiology, shelter design and sanitation, immunization and vaccination policy, management of data, disease treatment protocols, the basic principles of nutrition and feeding, and collaboration with public health agencies. 3 credits

Course Learning Outcomes

At the conclusion of the course, students will be able to:

  • Assess and maintain health and hygiene of shelter animals.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of basic anatomical and veterinary vocabulary and concepts, including infectious diseases and zoonotic diseases.
  • Evaluate behavior programs in the shelter environment.

Course Topics

(Subject to Change)

  • Performing a General Exam and the Challenges of Maintaining Shelter Health
  • Canine and Feline Infectious Diseases
  • Cleaning and Disinfecting
  • Canine and Feline Preventive Health Care Programs
  • Shelter Design and Animal Housing
  • Behavior Programs in the Shelter Environment
  • Zoonotic Diseases
  • Euthanasia in the Animal Shelter

Course Materials

(Subject to Change)

  • Miller, L. & Zawistowski, S. (Eds.). (2004). Shelter Medicine for Veterinarians and Staff. Wiley-Blackwell.
  • Rhoades, R. (2002). The Humane Society of the United States Euthanasia Training Manual. Washington, DC: Humane Society Press.