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Cristie Kamiya: Efficiencies and new processes for foster care

Guest: Cristie Kamiya is the Chief of Shelter Medicine at Humane Society Silicon Valley. She has worked as a shelter veterinarian in humane societies, municipal shelters, and rescues in the Denver–Boulder areas of Colorado, the greater Phoenix metro area of Arizona, and Northern California. She also completed a 3-year intensive residency-training program in shelter medicine from the University of California-Davis’ School of Veterinary Medicine. In addition to having a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree, she also earned a Master of Business Administration degree from Colorado State University.

Main question: How has your organization addressed foster care challenges during COVID-19?


  • The pandemic (any new challenge) comes with a silver lining. It provides an opportunity to improve programs and services.

  • Veterinary care for foster animals can become more efficient through the use of electronic questionnaires and video consultations – these cut down on in-person visits, save time and enable you to serve more animals and foster caregivers.

  • BEFORE seeking a solution, making a plan or asking for more volunteers, be sure to get clear on exactly what you are trying to accomplish.




Recorded Sept. 15, 2020

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