Association of Shelter Veterinarians announces academic journal


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

The Association of Shelter Veterinarians (ASV) has 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 around the world.

“The launch of this journal has been a long-time goal of ASV,” said Rachael Kreisler, VMD, MSCE, DACVPM (Epidemiology), Associate Professor of Shelter Medicine and Epidemiology at Midwestern University College of Veterinary Medicine, in an organizational release.1

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

According to the release, its a gold open-access journal with rolling admissions online. Shelter professionals can find information on individual patient care and management, accessible veterinary care, population medicine, high-volume spay/neuter, and programs and services that address companion animal health, welfare, or homelessness.1 The journal will also offer information on shelter forensics and humane investigations.

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

JSMCAH is published under a Creative Commons CC-BY 4.0 license, which makes it free for anyone to read, download, copy and disseminate for non-commercial purposes.1


Association of Shelter Veterinarians Launches Academic Journal. News release. Association of Shelter Veterinarians. November 8, 2022. Accessed November 9, 2022.

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