Dr. Cynthia Delany graduated from UCLA with a degree in business and economics in 1993 and from the University of California, Davis (UC Davis), with a DVM in 2000. She has worked as an animal shelter veterinarian, a high-volume spay/neuter veterinarian and an emergency veterinarian for the past 15 years.
Initially working for the UC Davis Shelter Medicine Program from 2001 to 2004 at Sacramento County Animal Care and Regulation, Cynthia currently works for the UC Davis Koret Shelter Medicine Program as the supervising shelter veterinarian for Yolo County Animal Services (YCAS). She has been working with YCAS for five years, starting many new programs, including programs focusing on improved population management, increased live release rates and environmental enrichment in the shelter.
A particular area of emphasis for her has been on improving cat live release rates at the YCAS shelter. Beginning in 2011, Cynthia has helped this shelter to implement programs in all five areas of the Million Cat Challenge’s five key initiatives: alternatives to intake, managed admission, capacity for care, removing barriers to adoption and return to field. As a result of these new programs, the shelter has seen cat live release rates go from 30 percent to 87 percent for all cats and from 30 percent to 94 percent for kittens.
In addition to her work at YCAS, Cynthia has helped other shelters with population management, implementing new lifesaving programs, improving shelter veterinary program efficiency, improving shelter software use, and leveraging data reporting and statistics. She also runs a private, nonprofit rescue group that rescues sick, injured and newborn animals.
When not focusing on saving lives, Cynthia enjoys training and competing with her dogs (all rescued dogs, of course) in the sport of dog agility. She is an advocate of positive reinforcement–based training of all animals and uses these techniques successfully with her own dogs, cats, draft horse, miniature donkeys and Bactrian camels.
Saturday, July 16, 2016
8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Out with the Old School: Embracing the Million Cat Challenge