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Central NY Shelter Forum

CNY Shelter Forum is a group that was formed approximately 4 years ago, by Cornell’s Maddie’s® Shelter Medicine Program Director, Dr. Elizabeth Berliner, DVM, DABVP. Its intention is to bring local and regional shelters and rescue groups together once a month to discuss shelter and veterinary medicine related topics, along with educating those involved in new and updated sheltering and rescue practices. It also helps to provide a sense of camaraderie and encourage collaborations amongst individuals and organizations. 

The CNY Shelter Forum’s meetings are hosted by the Maddie’s® Shelter Medicine Program at Cornell University, and organized by the program’s veterinary technician, Vicki Weber, LVT. Generally forum meetings are held the first Thursday of each month, beginning at 5:30pm at the Animal Health Diagnostic Center at Cornell University. Presentations are approximately 30 minutes long and are followed by and round table discussion. Everyone from management, to doctor, to technician to care staff and volunteer is welcome and encouraged to attend. 

There will be no Summer 2018 meetings, as the Shelter Med Team will spend July preparing for the 14th Annual 2018 ASPCA Cornell Maddie’s® Shelter Medicine Conference to be held on August 10-12th!! Mark your calendars as registration will open in late March!! Can’t wait to see you all there! More conference information can also be found at the website.

Spring 2018 CNY Shelter Forum Schedule:

Thursday, March 1st

Speaker: Dr. Jan Scarlett, DVM, MPH, PhD, Maddie’s® Shelter Medicine Program Founder, Emerita of Epidemiology

Topic: “Using Shelter Metrics to Measure and Set Goals.”

Tuesday, April 3rd

Topic: Spring Kitten Orientation

A joint meeting to be held at the Tompkins County SPCA with the Maddie’s® Shelter Medicine Team and Tompkins County SPCA staff and volunteers for Spring Kitten Orientation. This will be a group presentation led by Dr. Elizabeth Berliner; Karen Nieves, LVT and Feline Foster Coordinator; and Allison Meyers, Lead Kitten Foster Volunteer. The presentation will discuss kitten care and management from healthy active kittens, unhealthy bottle feeders, those that may need social and behavioral help, and everything in between. The presentation will also touch on how to keep you, the kitten volunteer, sane and happy during this massively busy time!

Thursday, May 3rd 

Speaker:  Dr. Megan Stapleton, DVM and Maddie’s® Shelter Medicine Intern

Topic:  “Behavior and Enrichment Techniques in the Shelter”. This presentation will be primarily focused on dogs.

Thursday, June 7th 

Speaker:  Joe Hoffer, Tompkins County SPCA Animal Control Officer and Lead Investigator

Topic:  TBD

As a reminder to everyone, we are always open to suggestions for new topics or the possibility of having you present what you know to the group! Please contact Vicki Weber, LVT, by email,, with any questions, presentation topics, or if you would like to speak to the group.

Cheers and Happy New Year!

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