Association of Shelter Veterinarians Announces Academic Journal


The journal will provide new resources accessible to shelter professionals and veterinarians

The Association of Refuge Veterinarians (ASV) launched the Journal of Shelter Medicine & Community Animal Health (JSMCAH). The journal will be dedicated to shelter and community medicine, providing evidence-based research on animal welfare in shelters and communities to veterinary and shelter professionals worldwide.

“Launching this journal has been a long-standing goal of the ASV,” said Rachael Kreisler, VMD, MSCE, DACVPM (Epidemiology), associate professor of refuge medicine and epidemiology at Midwestern University College of Veterinary Medicine, in an organizational statement.1

“To finally see it come to fruition is so gratifying. Our goal with the journal is to provide a central, accessible resource for veterinarians and shelter professionals, as well as to reduce publication barriers for emerging researchers and those working outside from academia.

According to the release, it is a golden open-access journal with continuous online admissions. Shelter professionals can find information on the care and management of individual patients, accessible veterinary care, population medicine, high-volume sterilization, and programs and services that address health, wellness, or homelessness pets.1 The journal will also offer information on shelter forensics and human investigations.

“Since our inception, the Association of Shelter Veterinarians has pushed our mission to advance and support the practice of shelter medicine to improve the health and well-being of animals in the community,” said Tom Van. Winkle, executive director of the ASV. “This journal is the next step in fulfilling that mission.”

JSMCAH is released under a Creative Commons CC-BY 4.0 license, which allows anyone to read, download, copy and distribute it for non-commercial purposes.1


Association of Shelter Veterinarians launches academic journal. Press release. Association of Refuge Veterinarians. November 8, 2022. Accessed November 9, 2022.


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