Dr. Wesley Cheung poses with a chicken coop being used as a make shift cat enclosure for displaced cats in Hawaii.

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CHPP Shelter Medicine Resident Gets Hands-on Experience in Lahaina, Hawaii

CHPP Shelter Medicine Resident Gets Hands-on Experience in Lahaina, Hawaii

In August 2023, a devastating wildfire destroyed the town of Lahaina, on the Island of Maui in Hawaii. The disaster took more than 100 lives and displaced more than 8,000 residents from their homes. Dr. Wesley Cheung, a Shelter Medicine Resident with the Ontario Veterinary College’s Community Healthcare Partnership Program (CHPP), travelled to Lahaina, Hawaii to join a team of experts find unique solutions to sheltering outdoor cats while respecting their unique welfare needs.

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Canada’s First Shelter Medicine Residency Created at OVC  

Canada’s First Shelter Medicine Residency Created at OVC  

A first-of-its-kind clinical residency program in shelter medicine launched in 2022 at the Ontario Veterinary College as part of the Kim and Stu Lang Community Healthcare Partnership Program (CHPP). The residency will provide a three-year advanced training program for licensed veterinarians interested in shelter medicine practice.   

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Putting Values into Practice with the Community Healthcare Partnership Program

Putting Values into Practice with the Community Healthcare Partnership Program

The CHPP brings OVC faculty, veterinarians and clinical staff, students and partners together to expand animal healthcare by providing primary and acute veterinary care to companion animals living in vulnerable circumstances. Examples of the populations served include Indigenous communities, individuals experiencing housing-insecurity, and sheltered animals.  

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Guelph Humane Society delivers no-cost spay/neuter services to vulnerable pets with funding from PetSmart Charities of Canada

Guelph Humane Society delivers no-cost spay/neuter services to vulnerable pets with funding from PetSmart Charities of Canada

The Guelph Humane Society (GHS), in collaboration with the Ontario Veterinary College’s (OVC) Kim and Stu Lang Community Healthcare Partnership Program (CHPP), is offering no-cost spay/neuter clinics for cats and dogs throughout 2022-2023 at pop-up locations in Guelph and Wellington County – thanks to a $125,000 grant from PetSmart Charities of Canada.

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