BSAVA launches new Shelter Medicine manual

7 November 2018

The newly emerging clinical discipline of shelter medicine is covered in the BSAVA Manual of Canine and Feline Shelter Medicine: Principles of Health and Welfare in a Multi-animal Environment, which is now available.

Shelter medicine encompasses vital aspects of physical and psychological health and welfare, infectious disease management, epidemiology, diagnostic testing and population control. It is a recognised speciality in the United States and interest is growing across the rest of the world.

The book’s editors say the challenge of being a good shelter medicine clinician is balancing the health and welfare needs of the individual with that of the larger population from which it originates. The aim of this manual is to introduce the reader to a new way of thinking when approaching cases in the shelter environment.

The manual is divided in three sections:

  • Principles of shelter medicine, population health and epidemiology
  • Prevention, management and control of infectious diseases in the shelter medicine environment
  • Working with people in the shelter environment.

Each section has quick reference guides to provide specific practical information on topics and there is an extensive resources section at the back of the book, which supports the manual content.

The editors said: “We are delighted to have been given the opportunity to create the first edition of the BSAVA Manual of  Canine and Feline Shelter Medicine and feel this will provide useful information for anyone who undertakes clinical work whether it be in private practice or in a charity setting.

“We would like to thank the many contributors to this manual for their knowledge, hard work, inspiration and patience during the production of this book. Many of them work in hugely challenging clinical environments and they work tirelessly to protect the health and welfare of thousands of animals in their care.”

The BSAVA Manual of Canine and Feline Shelter Medicine: Principles of Health and Welfare in a Multi-animal Environment is available from the BSAVA website: or by phone: 01452 726700. The online edition is available from: