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Why are some shelters no longer testing all cats for FeLV and FIV?

Shelters have felt a responsibility for many years to test all cats for retroviruses (Feline Leukemia Virus and Feline Immunodeficiency Virus) prior to adoption. The hope was that testing could ensure shelters were placing healthy cats up for adoption and also that the viruses might be eradicated through shelter testing efforts. However, increased information about the tests and the diseases has led to the shelter medicine community making recommendations for shelters to discontinue routinely testing all cats for FeLV and FIV. Dr. Schumacher delves into the many reasons behind this change.

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Maddie's Shelter Medicine Elective at UW SVM

Video recordings of Maddie's Shelter Medicine Course at the University of Wisconsin- Madison School of Veterinary Medicine 2016-2019.

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Animal Services' Role in COVID-19 Support

Animal services are essential, but we can't conduct business as usual. What must shelters do - and not do - right now? Note: This is a dynamic situation and this page will be updated as new information is available. Last updated 11:15 am CT 4/30/2020.

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