Supervising Shelter Veterinarian, UC Davis - Koret Shelter Medicine Program
Staff Clinician - UC Davis Koret Shelter Medicine Program Supervising Shelter Veterinarian - Yolo County Animal Services Executive Director – California Animal Shelter Friends, Inc. Animal Shelter Consultant – Animal Shelter Analytics Dr. Delany graduated from UCLA with a degree in Business/Economics in 1993 and from UC Davis with her DVM in 2000. Dr. Delany has worked as an animal shelter veterinarian and an emergency veterinarian (and chief of staff) since completing her veterinary degree. Dr. Delany lectures internationally on animal shelter medicine, behavior/training/enrichment and emergency medicine in the shelter setting. She is also a published author on emergency medicine and emergency procedures in shelter and field settings. Dr. Delany began working for the UC Davis Shelter Medicine Program in 2001 soon after it was started as the first ever shelter medicine program in the world. As part of that program, Dr. Delany currently splits her time between being the Supervising Shelter Veterinarian for the local public animal shelter, Yolo County Animal Services (YCAS) and consulting and teaching activities through UC Davis. Dr. Delany has been working with YCAS for more than 6 years, starting many new programs, including programs focusing on improved population management, improving general shelter management, increasing live release rates and behavior/training/environmental enrichment in the shelter. She has also started a very successful community cats program and a foster care program at YCAS. With the increased focus on live release and population management at YCAS, live release rates have increased during that period from 73% to 96% for dogs and from 30% to 90% for cats (with an even higher increase of 30% to 96% for kittens). Overall live releases rates at YCAS have increased from 48% to 92%. In addition to her work at YCAS, Dr. Delany has helped other shelters with population management, implementing new life-saving programs, shelter software use, reporting, and statistics. She also runs a private, non-profit rescue group that rescues sick, injured and newborn animals from animal shelters and veterinary clinics where they are at risk of euthanasia. When not focusing on saving lives, Dr. Delany enjoys training and competing with her dogs, 2 border collies and a new miniature poodle puppy in the sport of dog agility (rescued dogs of course). She is also an advocate of positive reinforcement based training of all animals and uses these techniques successfully with her own dogs, cats, draft horse, miniature donkeys, and Bactrian camels. She has completed her Fear Free™ Certification training and advocates utilization of stress and anxiety reducing handling and treatment techniques of animals in shelter, veterinary and real-world settings.
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Many of us in the sheltering industry talk about the importance of the 5 Freedoms of Animal Welfare. When it comes to interacting with the animals in our care we can take it a step further and consider how best to affect animal behavior and implement active training in this setting. In this session we’ll explore how we in the animal sheltering industry can use concepts of classical conditioning as well as how best to apply different training methods, with special consideration of the concept of the “Humane Hierarchy” in animal training, to maximize the benefits for our shelter animals. This session will explore various training methods including positive reinforcement based training versus punishment based training to help determine which methods will be most beneficial for our shelter animals, our community and ourselves. We’ll discuss which techniques are expected to be most successful as part of a general strategy to help shelter animals to better tolerate the stressful and sometimes scary environment they find themselves in. This session will also explore how these techniques can be used to increase behaviors we know adopters like and decrease behaviors we know adopters don’t like. We’ll explore the benefits of approaching training with this framework in mind, including decreased stress/fear, improved animal welfare, increased staff and public satisfaction, increased adoption rates and decreased returns.