If you’re looking for real-world insight into saving unowned cats, don’t miss this community cat management training course from Maddie’s Shelter Medicine Program at the UF College of Veterinary Medicine, sponsored by PetSmart Charities.
Humane Solutions that Communities Need
From legal issues to surgical techniques, this course provides a complete toolbox for effective community cat management.
Veterinary Training Program
This week-long intensive veterinary training program brings together exceptional speakers and instructors from across the country. From the classroom to hands-on training, a combination of lectures, discussions, and clinical laboratories are used to cover the controversial topic of managing unowned community cats.
What You Can Expect
The Community Cat Management course uses the Operation Catnip TNR clinic model to give participants practical hands-on procedural experience in each step of the clinic—from cat intake to discharge and all the steps in between. You will:
- Gain an understanding of the impact of community cats on public health, the environment, and cat welfare
- Discuss medico-legal issues associated with community cat management
- Develop handling and surgical skills for both pediatric and adult cats undergoing spay and neuter surgery in a clinical environment
- Develop competencies in safe and humane procedures for feral cat trapping, transportation, and housing
- Develop competencies in feral cat anesthesia and monitoring, surgical site preparation, administration of injectable and topical medications
- Develop competencies in high-quality, high-volume feline castration and ovariohysterectomy
For more information about the course, visit the UF Maddie’s Shelter Medicine Program Community Cat Management web page.
- Highlights from last year – 2014 Community Cat Management Recap.