The shelter veterinary team

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Given the nature of shelter work and the difficult decisions made on a daily basis, it is vital that all staff understand the values and ethos of the shelter. This chapter considers the shelter team, scope of veterinary service, staff morale, relationship with local private veterinary surgeries, record keeping, line management and staff training.

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22.1 A bespoke veterinary team means having dedicated staff who develop shelter medicine skills and understand the ethos of the organization. (© Battersea Dogs and Cats Home)
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22.2 Every animal should have a thorough clinical examination as soon as possible after arrival at a shelter. (© Battersea Dogs and Cats Home)
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22.3 In-house operating facilities can be a good long-term investment. (© Battersea Dogs and Cats Home)
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22.4 Husbandry, hygiene and infection control benefit from clearly defined protocols. (© Cats Protection)
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22.5 Shelter vets may become involved with media work. (© Cats Protection)

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