Presented by Lena DeTar, DVM, DACVPM, DABVP
in partnership with the Association of Shelter Veterinarians

8 pm ET/5 pm PT, Wednesday, September 16, 2020

This webinar is approved for 1.5 hours of RACE CE credit for both veterinarians and veterinary technicians. 
Registration is FREE for HSVMA and Association of Shelter Veterinarians (ASV) members.


If you are not yet a member, you can JOIN NOW to participate in this webinar, a free member benefit.

Dr. DeTar will explore this multifactorial issue, looking at the role of shelters, private practitioners, animal control, law enforcement, social services and animal welfare organizations. This presentation will include a case study of a shelter in Hawaii that was involved in a hoarding situation.

During this webinar Dr. DeTar will discuss:

  • Recognition of potential hoarding situations
  • Who to involve/intervene when suspicious
  • What types of ailments to look for in animal victims
  • Understanding which interventions may be successful, which not
  • Understanding challenges faced by shelters and how to help

This webinar is hosted in partnership with the Association of Shelter Veterinarians and is FREE for all HSVMA and ASV members.

If you are not a veterinary professional (veterinarian, veterinary technician, veterinary or veterinary technician student), we welcome your participation in the webinar for a one-time fee. Please call 530-759-8106 or email [email protected] to complete the registration.




Before she started working at Cornell University, Dr. Lena DeTar completed a residency in Shelter Medicine at Oregon State University/Oregon Humane Society and a master’s degree in veterinary medicine/public health at UF. In 2016, she qualified as a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine, and in 2017 she completed board certification in Shelter Medicine through the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners. Dr. DeTar’s interests include infectious disease management and prevention, population management and metrics, elective and non-elective surgery, the welfare impacts of shelter design, and shelter medicine instruction. In her work with Maddie’s Shelter Medicine Program at Cornell University, she teaches clinical-year students and interns medicine and surgery at Tompkins County SPCA, and lectures in the veterinary school classroom as well as conferences nationwide. During program consultations, she advises shelter leadership, veterinarians and staff in outbreak prevention, housing and enrichment, and shelter operations. She’s involved in research projects investigating infectious shelter disease, shelter medicine teaching, and HVHQ surgery. Dr. DeTar has worked in and volunteered for humane organizations across the US and internationally, and appreciates the philosophical, financial and physical challenges faced by shelters everywhere as they try to promote animal welfare, public health and the human- animal bond.