Module 9: The Role of the Shelter Veterinarian

Julie K. Levy, DVM, PhD, DACVIM, DABVP


Three shelter staff members in yellow gowns hande a black do in a kennel


Module Learning Objectives

  • Identify and describe the multidisciplinary roles of Shelter Medicine and challenges associated with meeting broad expectations.
  • Analyze a working veterinarian’s position for skills required, task distribution, effective communication with management and staff, physical and emotional wellness, and career satisfaction.
  • Identify and describe strategies for selecting a compatible position, creating a positive work environment, maintaining work-life balance, and mitigating the risk of burnout and compassion fatigue.
  • Describe how shelters without staff veterinarians can meet required standards of care.


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