Shelter Animal Medicine
Shelter animal medicine is an extraordinarily challenging and diverse branch of clinical practice requiring many skills from the veterinarian; we are committed to improving the quality of shelter animal practice and shelter animal well-being. Through electives and clinical rotations, students learn about small animal population health issues; infectious disease diagnosis and treatment; shelter design and management; humane euthanasia; and the role of the veterinarian in community shelters and low income clinics. Long term goals for the program include providing expanded training opportunities for students within the shelters throughout the state and an infrastructure to support improvements in shelters as they related to housing, pet overpopulation and euthanasia.
Since 2004, we have operated a satellite clinic at the Wake County Animal Care, Control and Adoption Center. CVM faculty provide comprehensive veterinary care and behavior assessments to animals at the Adoption Center as well as offer training to shelter employees and volunteers. This partnership also provides primary care opportunities for our students to practice routine surgical procedures and to diagnose and treat common diseases of dogs and cats in animal shelters.
Mobile Surgery Hospital and Rural Outreach
CVM faculty and students travel around the state to rural animal shelters and rescue programs providing veterinary services to a segment of the animal population that would not otherwise have access to care and thereby improving the adoption potential of those pets.
Animal Cruelty Investigation
The CVM has sponsored continuing education courses for veterinarians across North Carolina on animal forensics and assisting in animal cruelty investigations. Additionally, two of our faculty members are sworn animal cruelty investigators and have taken a leadership role in many investigations involving dog fighting, equine neglect and animal hoarding.
The subject of euthanasia is difficult and fraught with emotional and ethical concerns. The NC State CVM is leading the way on this issue by developing an online Euthanasia Technician Training Program in conjunction with NC State Distance Education and Learning Technology Applications. This program will teach humane techniques for euthanizing animals to shelter employees as well as emergency responders.
Disaster Planning and Response
The CVM is dedicated to preparing, planning, and responding during animal emergencies in North Carolina and across the United States. Our students receive training to officially assist emergency responders in the event of a disaster. We also offer public workshops on disaster preparedness for animal owners. And in the wake of storms like Hurricanes Floyd and Katrina, the CVM has provided care and housing for displaced animals.
Relocation of most small animal specialty services to the R. B. Terry Center will vacate approximately 50,000 sq ft of existing hospital space. The CVM anticipates it will use this space to develop the Companion Animal Outpatient Health Center which will focus on the primary care patient. Within this novel Center, we plan on launching two new important animal welfare programs.
Humane Education Center
The CVM recognizes that education is crucial to understanding the interrelated nature of humans and animals and the role these connections have in our survival and well-being. We strive to promote respect and compassion for animals in all sections of our community and beyond. The Humane Education Center will provide educational opportunities for K-12 students about the human-animal bond, pet care and careers in veterinary medicine.
Safe Haven for Companion Animals
Safe Haven will be a partnership between the CVM and a non-profit agency that serves victims and survivors of domestic violence and rape/sexual assault. Space in the Outpatient Center would be provided to house and care for the pets of victims of domestic violence. In addition, the program will work to educate veterinary students and domestic violence counselors about the link between interpersonal violence and pet abuse as well as about the strong bond that exists between domestic violence victims and their pets.