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.
Webinar on "Scaling High Quality, High Volume Foster Care in Times of Crisis" with Cristie Kamiya
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Recorded Sept. 15, 2020