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Dr. Nipuni Ratnayaka

Maddie's® Veterinarian & Medical Program Advisor for American Pets Alive!

Dr. Nipuni Ratnayaka is the Maddie's Lifesaving Academy veterinarian at Austin Pets Alive!. She attended the University of Texas at Austin for undergrad and got her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Her involvement with APA! began in 2010 as a volunteer at the start of the Parvo ICU Program, and she soon became the program’s manager. While in this role, her passion for shelter medicine grew and inspired her to pursue a career in shelter medicine as a veterinarian. She returned to APA! in 2018 as a veterinarian, working in the medical clinic as well as advising veterinarians from around the world on efficient and cost-effective methods in practicing shelter medicine successfully. Her fur babies include her cat Sashimi, parvo-survivors Timber and Luna, and paralyzed cat Sunny.

Friday Feb 28th, 2020

The First 72 Hours: A Model Intake & Animal Flow Process for Disease Prevention

Clock Icon6:00 pm - 6:45 pm
Map Icon Capitol D, Sheraton Austin at the Capitol

Finally, an intake and animal flow process designed to help you prevent outbreaks and ensure live outcomes! Join American Pets Alive! staff, as they discuss what should (or conversely, could) happen within the first 72 hours after an animal enters any sheltering system.

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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