In addition to his work as a DVM, Steven Leshem has donated to and otherwise served multiple charitable and professional organizations. One of the entities to which Steven Leshem has donated is Protectors of Animals, a not-for-profit animal rescue organization that helps cats and dogs find new homes. Through donations from people like Steve Leshem, this top-tier charity has ensured that thousands of cats and dogs get adopted.
In addition to offering cats and dogs for adoption, Protectors of Animals provides advice regarding the proper care and feeding of animal companions. It advises new animal owners to spend time with their pets, getting them used to the presence of new people in their lives, as well as to keep the house quiet and avoid overwhelming pets with friends, family, or other guests. They also encourage the establishment of a routine, especially for dogs, which tend to prefer being fed, groomed, or played with at roughly the same time each day.
An experienced veterinary surgeon at Veterinary Specialists of Connecticut, Steven Leshem, DVM, provides soft tissue surgery, orthopedic surgery, trauma surgery, and neurosurgery services to clients. A dedicated member of the professional community, Steve Leshem has been a member in good standing at the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) since 2000.
Recently the AVMA, one of the world’s oldest and largest veterinary medical organizations, launched a comprehensive animal welfare hub in celebration of World Veterinary Day. The hub is available online and on mobile devices, providing easy access to its wide range of helpful resources. The AVMA’s welfare hub not only allows the organization to put these resources together, it also grows trusted resources while facilitating learning.
The resources available in the animal welfare hub include everything from nutrition to human handling, across a variety of animal species. All aspects of animal welfare are covered by the site, and the hub’s development earned the AVMA the 2014 World Veterinary Day Award. In addition to its creation of the hub, the AVMA participated in the Global Webinar of Animal Welfare, which was co-hosted by the European Commission and the World Veterinary Association.
Steven Leshem, DVM, a veterinary surgeon with more than 13 years of experience, has completed and written several research publications and presentations that have been presented before Veterinary Orthopedic Society meetings and Hartford County Veterinary Association meetings. Steve Leshem’s experience in the field has also led him to being a content and question writer contributor with VetPrep.
First started in 2003 in response to a group of veterinary students’ frustration at the lack of North American Veterinary Licensing Examination (NAVLE) preparation resources, VetPrep’s site went live in 2006 as a high-quality study resource. The site’s state-of-the-art technology was developed by a team of professors and students, and it has continually grown since its inception.
VetPrep’s team of content providers and reviewers are experts within the field of veterinary medicine and cover a wide range of specialties. The site is continually reviewed for student feedback, ensuring VetPrep’s interactive resources are up to date. This commitment to excellence has kept the site useful, as has been shown in recent surveys from the Student American Veterinary Medical Association, which reported that 99 percent of surveyed students found the site useful, and 78 percent found it very useful. As a way of showing its appreciation for the students it has helped, VetPrep has sponsored multiple veterinary charitable causes and student events.
A board-certified veterinary surgeon at the Veterinary Specialists of Connecticut, Steven Leshem, DVM, is a published veterinarian. Steve Leshem is affiliated with TopDog Health & Rehabilitation and is included in its extensive veterinary surgeon directory.
TopDog was founded in 2004 as a canine rehabilitation facility. It has provided essential information to pet owners regarding their pet’s rehabilitation needs and provides information about dogs undergoing age-related health issues and orthopedic surgery. The site’s numerous instructional videos explain the basics of pet physical therapy, and the organization maintains a central directory of rehabilitation facilities and veterinary surgeons across the United States.
At its online Rehabilitation Center, TopDog Health provides a host of videos and documents designed to help owners make the best decisions for their pets. It includes a comprehensive rehabilitation checklist that includes everything from reading home rehab guides to finding the right joint supplement and testing the dog’s fitness level. TopDog also includes a Frequently Asked Questions and joint health area for quick information. The online Rehabilitation Center’s videos cover a wide range of topics, such as moist heat therapy, stair exercise for strength improvement, and curb walking for balance.
Board-certified veterinary surgeon Steven Leshem is a member of the highly skilled surgical team at Veterinary Specialists of Connecticut in West Harford. In addition to treating complex cases, including animals requiring neurosurgery and orthopedic surgery, Steve Leshem, DVM, also participates in the practice’s intern training program. In his spare time, he enjoys supporting West Hartford’s Congregation Beth Israel.
Congregation Beth Israel, one of the biggest Reform congregations in the Northeast, consists of about 900 families. Founded in 1843, the synagogue is known as a progressive congregation that provides religious services as well as learning and service programs for members of all ages.
One of Beth Israel’s recent service projects involves re-building a family’s home in hurricane-ravaged Haiti. A rabbi and other volunteers traveled to Haiti in the summer of 2013 to join the home-building project, which was led by the non-governmental organization One Small House. The team participated in all stages of construction, including clearing the building site, readying work tables, raising the frame, and constructing the windows, doors, and roof. The grateful inhabitants of the home, the Genois family, also assisted on the build.
Steven Leshem, a board-certified veterinary surgeon, manages surgical cases at Veterinary Specialists of Connecticut in West Harford. Utilizing specialized training in the latest treatment options available for companion animals, Steve Leshem, DVM, is certified in Vet-Stem stem cell therapy as well as a wide range of orthopedic procedures.
Just like humans, animals sometimes need rehabilitative services to reduce pain and regain normal functioning. In addition to staffing highly qualified orthopedic surgeons, Veterinary Specialists of Connecticut employs a licensed physical therapist to oversee post-surgery rehabilitation.
The practice’s rehabilitation program includes a comprehensive patient evaluation and medical history, a review of the home environment, and an individualized gait analysis. In concert with the pet owner, the Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner then designs a realistic and medically appropriate rehabilitation program aimed at improving the animal’s ability to bear weight, maintain balance, and build endurance. Owners also receive instruction and resources to support ongoing pet rehabilitation at home.
Steven Leshem, who is currently a staff surgeon at Veterinary Specialists of Connecticut in West Harford, possesses expertise in neurosurgery, orthopedics, and soft tissue procedures. In addition to attaining board certification from the American College of Veterinary Surgeons, he maintains membership in the American Veterinary Medical Association. When he’s not treating animals, Steve Leshem, DVM, enjoys supporting animal welfare in other ways, such as donating to the Protectors of Animals group in East Hartford.
For nearly 40 years, Protectors of Animals has worked to rescue stray, abandoned, and abused dogs and cats. The organization is 100 percent staffed by volunteers who contribute their skills, energy, and resources to care for needy pets, provide them with medical care, and find them new homes or foster arrangements.
Protectors of Animals is a member of the Local Independent Charities of America (LICA) and has earned the Independent Charities Seal of Excellence, an award given to fewer than five percent of U.S. charities. To earn the seal, organizations must demonstrate strong fiscal management and a high level of public accountability.