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Upper Respiratory Infections: Free Webcast September 27 and October 25

September 20, 2012

September 20, 2012

Feline upper respiratory infections are killers. The Association of Shelter Veterinarians list it as the number one health issue in shelters, where stress and close quarters provide the perfect conditions for both exposure and illness. Can shelters really beat URI? Can outbreaks be prevented, or once started, stopped?
Dr. Kate Hurley, Director of the Koret Shelter Medicine Program at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, says that yes, outbreaks can be prevented and stopped. Please join Maddie's Institute and Dr. Hurley on Thursday, September 27, at 9 PM Eastern Time, for a free webcast - Knocking the Snot Out of Feline URI: Saving Shelter Cats' Lives with Treatment and Prevention.

This webcast is the first in a two-part series on Feline URI. In part two, scheduled for October 25, 2012, Dr. Sandra Newbury will discuss the role of housing and stress in controlling URI in the shelter feline population.


Attendees will learn:
•    How common feline URI is in U.S. shelters
•    An overview of the common pathogens that cause feline URI
•    The natural history of feline calicivirus and herpesvirus
•    URI differences in cats in homes and cats in shelters
•    Virulent systemic feline calicivirus vs. other strains
•    Strategies for treatment of feline URI
•    Diagnosing URI in shelters
•    How to prevent URI in shelter cats

Individuals attending the live webcast will be entered in a door prize drawing for one of ten copies of Maddie's® Animal Shelter Infection Control Manual!
Knocking the Snot Out of Feline URI: Saving Shelter Cats' Lives with Treatment and Prevention is part of an ongoing series of educational programs from Maddie’s Institute, a program of Maddie’s Fund®, the nation’s leading funder of shelter medicine education. Maddie’s Institute brings cutting edge shelter medicine information from universities and animal welfare leaders to shelter veterinarians, managers and staff as well as private practice veterinarians, rescue groups and community members to increase the lifesaving of homeless dogs and cats community-wide.

Maddie’s Institute is pleased to offer CE credit to veterinary professionals. In order to qualify for CE credit we ask that individuals attend and participate in the entire program. CE is also available for on-demand presentations, which have additional requirements. This program has been submitted (but not yet approved) for 1 hour of continuing education credit in jurisdictions which recognize AAVSB RACE approval; however participants should be aware that some boards have limitations on the number of hours accepted in certain categories and/or restrictions on certain methods of delivery of continuing education. Call Maddie’s Fund at 510.337.8989 for further information.

This course has been pre-approved for Certified Animal Welfare Administrator continuing education credits.
About the Presenter:
Kate F. Hurley, DVM, MPVM
Dr. Kate Hurley is the Director of the University of California Davis (UC Davis) Koret Shelter Medicine Program, a position she has held since 2004. After graduation from the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine in 1999, Dr. Hurley worked as a shelter veterinarian in California and Wisconsin. She returned to UC Davis to undertake Maddie’s® Shelter Medicine Residency and graduated as the world’s first residency-trained shelter medicine specialist in 2004.
Dr. Hurley is a recognized leader in the field of shelter medicine. She assisted in developing guidelines for shelter animal vaccination in conjunction with the American Association of Feline Practitioners and the American Animal Hospital Association.
Dr. Hurley regularly speaks nationally and internationally on topics related to shelter animal health. In addition to publishing work in peer reviewed scientific journals, Dr. Hurley’s writing appears regularly in popular publications for shelter and veterinary professionals. Dr. Hurley co-edited the textbook Infectious Disease Management in Animal Shelters, authored chapters for the textbooks Shelter Medicine for Veterinarians and Staff and Greene’s Infectious Diseases of the Dog and Cat, and is a co-author of the Association of Shelter Veterinarians' Guidelines for Standards of Care in Animal Shelters.
Visit the UC Davis Koret Shelter Medicine Program website at