Industry Innovations

Bridging Medical and Operational Practices in Animal Shelters

November 19, 2024

10:30 am - 11:30 am |

This session addresses challenges in veterinary-shelter leadership dynamics, emphasizing conflict resolution techniques and their impact on work environments, resource efficiency, humane care, and lifesaving capabilities.


We will discuss:


  • Strategies for navigating crucial conversations effectively with compassion and mutual understanding
  • Learning to approach disagreements through role-played scenarios for animal housing allocation and euthanasia decisions
  • Understanding motivations and perspectives of veterinary teams and shelter leadership/ops, especially around individual animal decision-making
  • The positive impact of daily population rounds on population management and interdepartmental relationships
  • Building productive, respectful relationships with private practice veterinary clinics to enhance lifesaving for shelter animals



Dr. Becca Boronat, MV, CAWA

Veterinarian, Best Friends Animal Society

Becca Boronat is a multicultural shelter veterinarian with licenses in SC, NM, and TX, currently working with Best Friends Animal Society, and serving on the board of the Association of Shelter Veterinarians. Becca has over 20 years in the field, including a significant tenure at the Charleston Animal Society. Becca holds certifications as an animal control officer, animal cruelty investigator, and Certified Animal Welfare Administrator.
Erin Katribe, DVM

Director of National Veterinary Programs, Best Friends Animal Society

Dr. Erin Katribe is the Director of National Veterinary Programs for Best Friends Animal Society, where she oversees the National Shelter Medicine team providing shelter medicine consultations and support to shelters across the country. She achieved diplomate status through the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners in Shelter Medicine Practice in 2023, and she currently serves on the boards of directors of The Association of Shelter Veterinarians and Open Door Veterinary Collective.