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CAVMRC Course Instructors and Descriptions


Jamie Peyton, DVM, DACVECC, CVC, CVA, CCRT
Dr. Peyton received her veterinary degree from the University of Florida, and completed a small animal internship at Texas A&M University, and a residency at UC Davis. She is board-certified in small animal emergency and critical care medicine, and holds certifications in animal acupuncture, chiropractic, and rehabilitation. At UC Davis, Dr. Peyton is part of the Integrative Medicine Service, co-lead of the Wildlife Disaster Network, and associate director of the UC Davis Center for Advancing Pain Relief.





8:35 AM – 9:25 AM

Burn Assessment, Care, and Pain Management: Part I
Rules of burn assessment in animals is not necessarily synonymous to that in human beings. This course will provide pointers and insights into assessing burns in animal patients in consideration of different species. It will also review some of the latest advancements in burn care and pain management.

9:40 AM – 10:20 AM

Burn Assessment, Care, and Pain Management: Part II
Rules of burn assessment in animals is not necessarily synonymous to that in human beings. This course will provide pointers and insights into assessing burns in animal patients in consideration of different species. It will also review some of the latest advancements in burn care and pain management.

10:35 AM – 11:25 AM

Smoke Inhalation
This session will review the physiologic effects of smoke inhalation including physical damage to the respiratory system, and the systemic insults that occur from airway damage and toxicity. It will also address practical and effective methods to manage patients with airway injury.


Jeannine Berger, DVM, DACVB, DACAW, CAWA
Dr. Jeannine Berger is one of the few veterinarians that is double-boarded with the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists as well as the American College for Animal Welfare. Currently, Dr. Berger is the Senior Vice President of Rescue and Animal Welfare for the San Francisco SPCA, where she oversees all aspects of animal care. She first obtained her veterinary degree in 1991 in Zurich, Switzerland. In 1998, Dr. Berger moved to California to work at UC Davis, and in 2019, she was awarded the Bronze Medal for Global Animal Welfare by the World Veterinary Association for her excellent contributions to promoting the welfare of animals.





12:45 PM – 1:35 PM

Managing Canine Stress in Emergency Shelters
This course will review shelter design strategy, animal handling and restraint techniques, and pharmacologic recommendations for minimizing canine stress in an emergency animal shelter setting.

1:50 PM – 2:40 PM

Managing Feline Stress in Emergency Shelters
This course will review shelter design strategy, animal handling and restraint techniques, and pharmacologic recommendations for minimizing feline stress in an emergency animal shelter setting.


Shari O’Neill, DVM, MPH, DACVPM
Dr. Shari O’Neill is the Chief Shelter Veterinarian at San Francisco Animal Care and Control. Dr. O’Neill is involved in animal disaster planning and response on the local, state, and national levels. She is the small animal practice representative and chairperson of the AVMA Committee on Disaster and Emergency Issues. Dr. O’Neill also serves on the CVMA’s Steering Committee for the California Veterinary Medical Reserve Corps and acts as Region II Coordinator.





2:55 PM – 3:45 PM

Critical Control Points in Emergency Shelters
When deployed to support emergency animal shelters, CAVMRC members will likely find themselves in austere conditions with less-than-ideal facilities. With the potential for overcrowding and increased stress, it is essential to mitigate disease outbreaks and other negative impacts on animal health. This course will provide an overview of animal shelters likely to be encountered in a response; sanitation considerations; vaccination and parasite control strategies; and health screening, monitoring, and stress-reduction practices that can be utilized to prevent shelter-acquired disease.


Grant Miller, DVM
Dr. Grant Miller serves as the Director of Regulatory Affairs for the California Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA). As director, Dr. Miller assists California veterinary professionals with compliance issues and regulatory matters involving various local, state, and federal agencies. In addition, Dr. Miller heads the CAVMRC, a volunteer organization devoted to assisting animals with sheltering and veterinary care during disasters and emergencies.




3:45 PM – 5:00 PM

Deployment in the CAVMRC
This session provides an overview of how deployment works in the CAVMRC and provides clarification as to what CAVMRC volunteers need to do to prepare for and properly respond to a request for deployment.

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