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ASPCA Awards $100,000 Grant to School

Editor's note: The following press release was originally distributed by the ASPCA.

January 28, 2009

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NEW YORK — The ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) today announced an award of $100,000 in grant funding to the Center for Companion Animal Health, University of California, Davis, for the UC Davis Koret Shelter Medicine Program.

The Koret Shelter Medicine Program was established to advance shelter medicine as a veterinary specialty through clinical studies, specialty training and education, and performance of veterinary service in animal shelters, and to elevate the quality of life of animals in shelters through improvements in veterinary preventive medicine and management of disease.

“The ASPCA and U.C. Davis have entered into a mutually beneficial agreement that will help continue to promote the advancement of shelter medicine,” said Ed Sayres, President and CEO of the ASPCA. “We will work together to develop more training for veterinarians and perform more shelter evaluations, and increase the amount of information available to all shelters regarding the physical and behavioral health of shelter animals.”

With the ASPCA’s grant, the Koret Shelter Medicine Program will be able to hire a shelter medicine veterinary specialist. This specialist will enhance the program’s ability to provide consultations and outreach advice to shelters across the country.

“The ASPCA taught the first formal course on shelter medicine at the College of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell University and on the Veterinary Information Network (VIN) and edited the first textbook on shelter medicine, and U.C. Davis offered the first shelter medicine residency program in the United States,” added Lila Miller, the ASPCA’s Vice President of Veterinary Outreach.  “This partnership will help us continue to lead the field and strengthen overall shelter health services.”

“The ASPCA’s generous grant will enable us to further our reach and scientific knowledge, as well as combine that knowledge with the long history of leadership and professional resources that the ASPCA offers,” said Dr. Kate Hurley, Director of the Koret Shelter Medicine Program. “The benefits are that more animals will be saved, shelter staff will be less stressed, and shelters will save money.”

The grant that the ASPCA is providing will be annually renewable for the next three years.

More information about the program can be obtained from the U.C. Davis Koret Shelter Medicine Program website at: www.sheltermedicine.com /