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Dr. Jennifer Wilcox

Director of Vet Services for Pima Animal Care Center

Dr. Jen Wilcox is the Director of Vet Services for Pima Animal Care Center (PACC) in Tucson, AZ. After completing a PhD in conservation genetics at University of Colorado, Dr. Wilcox volunteered at a local shelter during her years of post-doctoral research at University of Arizona. The shelter animals compelled her to shift her professional goals, and Wilcox finished her veterinary degree at University of Wisconsin in 2008. She returned to Tucson as a shelter vet, and eventually became medical director at Humane Society of Southern Arizona, she moved to PACC as their first “shelter” vet five years ago. PACC presented abundant challenges as the largest open admission municipal shelter in Southern Arizona. Community support toward PACC shifted dramatically in 2014 when life-saving medical stories were broadcast and key programs successfully launched.

Dr. Wilcox, husband Craig, and their two kids share their desert home with seven dogs, three cats, plus canine and feline fosters.

Friday Feb 28th, 2020

Our Vet Just Quit: Maintaining Your Save Rate in Tough Times

Clock Icon4:00 pm - 4:45 pm
Map Icon Capitol E, Sheraton Austin at the Capitol

How do you prevent stress and tough times from affecting your lifesaving? Learn how how stretch the resources you do have to save the most lives possible, even in high-stress moments in your shelter or clinic. Leave with tangible ideas for how to use techs and managers to do medical work, how to work strategically through crisis, and how effective management is key ensuring everyone is doing everything they can to save the lives in your care.

Saturday Feb 29th, 2020

Don't Euthanize That! Building a No Kill Culture in Your Clinic Roundtables

Clock Icon7:45 pm - 8:30 pm
Map Icon Capitol E, Sheraton Austin at the Capitol

How do you instill a culture in your clinic that requires all staff, including veterinarians, to treat every animal with the care and treatment we would expect for our own animals? Learn from two shelter veterinarians who have built successful lifesaving culture as leaders in their clinics.

Shelter Medicine with a No Kill Mindset

Clock Icon3:40 pm - 4:30 pm
Map Icon Capitol A-C, Sheraton Austin at the Capitol

Are animals in your community dying and being killed due to medical conditions and their associated costs? For many shelters and rescues this is true. Learn how to spend the least amount of money possible, to spread the meager wealth of medical resources, and save more lives. You will learn that saving the lives of the pets with medical conditions in your community is possible, even if you don’t have extra money.

Sunday Mar 1st, 2020

Contagious Disease is Not a Death Sentence: How Communities Overcame Outbreaks without Killing

Clock Icon5:20 pm - 6:00 pm
Map Icon Capitol A-C, Sheraton Austin at the Capitol

Learn cutting-edge information not taught anywhere else. Leave this session with the knowledge necessary to fight disease outbreak, medically and operationally, without unnecessary deaths or culling, from veterinarians who have lived through it. This session will prepare you to manage the public’s perception and ask them for help during these trying times. This session is not exclusive to medical professionals and should be attended by anyone interested in changing the way disease management is handled in shelters.

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