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MVMA & MU CVM's Emergency Pet Sheltering: Basic Practices, Common Issues, Lessons Learned
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MVMA & MU CVM's Emergency Pet Sheltering: Basic Practices, Common Issues, Lessons Learned

The College of Veterinary Medicine and the Missouri Veterinary Medical Association invite members of the MO Volunteer Vet Corps and interested MVMA members to participate in a day-long training workshop about emergency pet sheltering. The goal of this training is to better prepare practicing DVMs to respond effectively at a mass care pet shelter that is set up following an emergency or a disaster.

When: July 20, 2018
7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Where: MU CVM Adam's Conference Center & Trowbridge Livestock Center
1600 E. Rollins
Columbia, Missouri  65201
United States
Contact: Cathy Vogelweid, DVM

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Tentative Agenda


8 hours of CE



7:30-8:00 am      Registration/Check-in


8:00-8:30 am      Review of ICS Organizational Structure (Dr. Bill Jones)


8:30-9:00 am      How Pets influence Human Behavior during a Disaster; the PETS Act (Dr. Vogelweid)


9:00-10:00 am   Emergency Pet Shelter Set Up (Dr. Julie Brinker)

Topics: Pre-disaster planning, site selection, equipment needs, organizational needs, necessity for flexibility in use, coordination with other groups, housing methods, relationship between disaster type & facility’s needs


10:00-10:15         Break


10:15-12:00         Topics in disaster sheltering (Dr. Brinker)

Topics:  legal status of animals in emergency shelters, handling contagious diseases, medical care of animals & how it is affected by legal status of the animal, behavioral issues, veterinarian’s role in emergency shelters, regulatory considerations for emergency shelters, handling medical emergencies, demobilization issues. 

12:00-1:00 pm   Lunch (provided by MVMA)


1:00 - 3:00 pm   Team assignment to diagram an emergency pet shelter at Trowbridge Livestock Center


3:00-3:30 pm     Return to Adams Conference Center & break


3:30-4:00 pm     Review of team sheltering plans, Expert summary of suitability & issues at Trowbridge (Course Instructors:  Drs. Brinker, Jones, Vogelweid, Burling, Tu) 


4:00 -5:00 pm    Summary Comments & Course Evaluation (Course Instructors)





Cathy Vogelweid, DVM, PhD

Catherine Vogelweid received her DVM and PhD degrees from the UMC College of Veterinary Medicine.  In 1991, she completed a residency in Laboratory Animal Medicine and became a Diplomate in the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine.  She then accepted employment as a Clinical Veterinarian at the Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis, IN.  In 1993, she was promoted to Director of the Laboratory Animal Resource Center of the Indiana University School of Medicine.  As Director, she was one of the first veterinarians in the United States to develop a comprehensive emergency response plan for the protection of research animals.  She held the position of Director until 2004, when she relocated back to the UMC College of Veterinary Medicine and accepted a faculty teaching position, which she currently holds.  She has been a member of the MoVVC since 2005, and responded as a volunteer veterinarian following the F5 tornado in Joplin, Mo in 2011.  She currently teaches formal courses in disaster planning to veterinary students, graduate students , undergraduate students and veterinarians.  She is a founding member of the Boone County Large Animal Technical Emergency Rescue Team, and she instructs both veterinarians and firefighters annually in training courses.  She has completed numerous FEMA courses in the subject area of emergency animal sheltering.  She has published several articles and book chapters on pre-disaster and emergency preparedness for both research animals and privately-owned animals.  Her primary goal in pre-disaster education is to provide both veterinarians and animal owners with timely information that can be used to save more animals and lessen personal losses.  If her work results in better preparation that saves even a single animal, she will consider all the effort over the span of her career to have been worth it!




Julie Brinker, DVM, MS

Dr. Brinker received her DVM from the University of Missouri, her MS in veterinary medicine (emphasis in veterinary forensic sciences) from the University of Florida, and a graduate certificate in shelter medicine also from the University of Florida.  She is currently a staff veterinarian at the Humane Society of Missouri’s adoption centers, where she is one of the veterinarians who supervises students in an elective shelter medicine clinical rotation. She is also a teaching assistant for 3 classes in the University of Florida’s veterinary forensic sciences online graduate program.  She has over 15 years’ experience providing veterinary care to animals in shelters and has been part of a large variety of disaster events and other small- and large-scale incidents involving animals, and has co-authored a chapter in a recently published veterinary forensics textbook.  She has been named “Veterinarian of the Year” by the Missouri Animal control Association, and received an “Award for Distinguished Service” from the Office of the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Missouri for her work in sheltering the over 500 dogs confiscated in the largest dog fighting raid in North America to date.





Bill Jones, DVM

M.B. Jones, DVM


DVM: 1972 U of MO 


Owner Versailles Veterinary Clinic: 1973-2019


Region F Overhead Management Team: 1991-2016


Cheif Versailles Rural Fire District:1989-2017


AVMA CDEI: 2006-2012


MVMA Emergency Response and Public Health Commission: ?-2018


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