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Shelter Medicine News & Events

 The work of Dr. ​Brittany Watson and the Shelter Medicine team at Penn Vet is often featured in the news media. Here are recent articles featuring Dr. ​Watson and her team's work.

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Penn Vet Shelter Medicine Symposium 2020

Funded by the WaterShed Initiative supported by the Arnall Family Foundation

This symposium is open to all members of the sheltering community, surrounding animal welfare organizations, and veterinary students.

The Details

  • Dates and Times:
    Friday, April 17, 2020 • 6:30pm Keynote + Reception
    Saturday, April 18, 2020 • 9am - 5pm Sessions
    Sunday, April 19, 2020 • 9am - Noon Sessions
  • Location
    Penn Vet Hill Pavillion
    380 S University Avenue
    Philadelphia, PA 19104

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Deadline to register is Friday, April 3rd

Shelter Medicine in the News

Bellwether Articles

Shelter Medicine Program Expands Impact

Bellwether - Tuesday, Mar 12, 2019
Penn Vet Shelter Medicine's clinic on wheels will help it cover even more ground in improving the lives of Philadelphia's most at-risk animals.

In the Shelter and Out in the Community

Bellwether - Wednesday, Sep 16, 2015
The Shelter Medicine Program aims to care for and decrease the daunting population of shelter animals, and to increase placement of homeless animals into loving homes. 

Press Releases

Penn Vet & Pets for Life Bring Veterinary Care to Philadelphia

Conference Lectures

The Shelter Medicine faculty speak nationally on issues of animal welfare, shelter medicine, community education, and community engagement. Here are some recent speaking engagement topics and forums:

Evidence-Based Decision Making and Strategic Planning: Powerful Tools for Increasing your ImpactFederated Humane Societies of PennsylvaniaBrittany Watson, VMD, PhD, and Chelsea Reinhard, DVM, MPH
Harrisburg, PAMay 2019
(Organizer)Shelter Medicine Veterinary Educators' SymposiumBrittany Watson, VMD, PhDColumbia, MOOctober 2017
Canine ParvovirusCanine Infectious Disease SymposiumBrittany Watson, VMD, PhDLancaster, PAFebruary 2017
Prevention and Management of an OutbreakCanine Infectious Disease SymposiumBrittany Watson, VMD, PhDLancaster, PA2016
Veterinary Science Initiative: Effectively Using Humane Education in a Comprehensive Community Shelter ApproachAnimal GrantmakersBrittany Watson, VMD, PhDDenver, COOctober 2016
Learning Objectives (and Organizer)Shelter Medicine Veterinary Educators' SymposiumBrittany Watson, VMD, PhDAthens, GAOctober 2016
Disease Prevention and ManagementDelaware Animal Rescue Summit
Brittany Watson, VMD, PhD
Dover, DE
May 2016
Accessible Veterinary CareAnimal Care ConferenceChelsea Reinhard, DVM, MPH, with Zarah Hedge, DVM, MPH, Assistant Professor of Shelter Medicine, Western UniversityLong Beach, CAMarch 2016
Helping Animals and People Through Evidence-Based Community Engagement and Veterinary MedicinePhiladelphia Higher Education Network for Neighborhood Development (PHENND)
Brittany Watson, VMD, PhDPhiladelphia, PANovember 2015
Veterinary Science Initiative: Effectively Using Humane Education in a Comprehensive Community Shelter Approach, and Strategic Planning for Your Humane Education ProgramNational Animal Care & Control Association Conference Brittany Watson, VMD, PhD
Baltimore, MDOctober 2015
Veterinary Science Initiative: Effectively Using Humane Education
Great Lakes Animal Welfare Conference Brittany Watson, VMD, PhDBattle Creek, MI October 2015
What Now? Preserving the EvidenceEnforcing Laws Against Animal Cruelty Training ConferenceChelsea Reinhard, DVM, MPHDedham, MAJanuary 2015 
Veterinary Science InitiativeAssociation of Professional Humane Educators Conference
Brittany Watson, VMD, PhD Dallas, TX
February 2014
Veterinary Education Programs Association of Professional Humane Educators ConferenceBrittany Watson, VMD, PhDWalnut Creek, CA2012