Faculty

dr andersonDr. Cathy Anderson, DVM, MS

Cathy is a 1987 graduate of Michigan State University and completed a master’s degree in shelter medicine through University of Florida in 2017.  She has a certificate in forensic sciences from that institution as well. She is a trainer for Euthanasia by Injection (HSUS course) as well as for Chemical Immobilization.  She also teaches Humane Euthanasia for the University of Florida Shelter Medicine curricula. She currently is the medical director at the animal protection shelter, Adopt a Pet in Fenton, Michigan.  She is the co-founder and president of Pixie’s Animal Welfare Society; an organization that is currently developing a spay/neuter service for rescue groups to serve cats in Jackson, Michigan. She serves as the chairperson of the Legislative Committees of the Michigan Veterinary Medical Association.

Read More


Dr. Jason H. Byrd, Ph.D., D-ABFE

Dr. Jason H. Byrd, Ph.D., D-ABFE

Dr. Byrd is the Associate Director of the William R. Maples Center for Forensic Medicine at the University of Florida’s College of Medicine. At the University of Florida, he instructs courses in forensic science at the University of Florida’s nationally recognized Hume Honors College. He is a Board Certified Forensic Entomologist and Diplomate of the American Board of Forensic Entomology.

Read More


dr chan

Dr. Louiza Chan, DVM, MBA

Dr. Louiza Chan received her veterinary degree from the University of Sydney, Australia in 2001. She had her first taste of shelter medicine during her externship and voluntary work during vet school. She continued to work with rescue groups and private shelters during her early years in private practice both in Sydney and in Singapore.

Read More


instructor

Dr. Aimee Dalrymple, DVM, MS

Dr. Dalrymple has been part of the University of Florida shelter medicine instructional team since 2015. She earned her Master of Science degree in Shelter Medicine in 2018 with a capstone project focused on a case of alleged rescue hoarding. Dr. Dalrymple is a practicing shelter veterinarian in the Boston area. She enjoys the variety and challenges of working in this unique field.

 

Read More


Jessica Dolce

Jessica Dolce, MS

Jessica Dolce is a Certified Compassion Fatigue Educator via the Green Cross of Traumatology, receiving her training through The Figley Institute and Tend Academy. She teaches compassion fatigue classes, online and around the country, to help animal care and welfare professionals be well, while they do good work. Jessica brings fifteen years of experience working with and for companion animals to her classes.

Read More


UF Shelter Medicine Online Instructor

Dr. Tiva Hoshizaki, BVSc

Dr. Tiva Hoshizaki received her veterinary degree from Massey University, New Zealand in 2012. She then completed an internship and a residency in shelter medicine through the Maddie’s Shelter Medicine Program at Cornell University. Dr. Hoshizaki co-authored the textbook “Every Nose Counts: A Guide to Shelter Metrics” and is passionately involved in bridging the gap between sheltering best practices and technology.

Read More


Dr. Leonard (L. A.) King, DVM

Dr. Leonard (L. A.) King, DVM

Leonard (L. A.) King hails from the great state of Texas. Through his professional journey, there is not much he has not done in the realm of veterinary medicine. He graduated from Texas A&M University, performed a small animal internship at Colorado State University, and attended a small animal surgical residency at a referral practice in Southern California.

Read More


Amy Marder, DVMDr. Amy Marder, DVM, CAAB

Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist, Adjunct Assistant Professor at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University.  Dr. Marder, veterinarian and Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist, through the Animal Behavior Society, is a graduate of the University Of Pennsylvania School Of Veterinary Medicine.

Read More


Dr. Leah Nettle, Ph.D.

Full biography coming soon!

Read More


pedaDr. Andrea Peda, DVM, MS

Dr. Andrea Peda has been involved with co-teaching for the UF online Shelter Medicine program since 2017 when she completed her Master’s in Shelter Medicine. She is a 2009 graduate from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine. She currently resides in St. Kitts and works as a faculty member at Ross University teaching shelter medicine and small animal surgery to preclinical veterinary students. Dr. Peda has a true passion for teaching shelter medicine to students, promoting animal welfare and wellness to the community, and empowering students and community members to help make a difference.

Read More


Dr. Katherine Polak, DVM, MPH, MS, DACVPM

Dr. Katherine Polak is a veterinarian dedicated to improving animal welfare in Southeast Asia, and in limited-resourced communities around the world. She currently serves as the Head of Stray Animal Care – Southeast Asia for FOUR PAWS International, a global animal welfare organization based in Vienna, Austria working to end the suffering of wild, stray, and farm animals.  Dr. Polak currently manages a variety of companion animal programs in Thailand, Cambodia, Indonesia, and Vietnam, with a special focus on combating the cruel dog and cat meat trade in the region.  As part of FOUR PAWS international campaign to end the cruel dog and cat meat trade in Southeast Asia, she manages undercover investigations, rescue missions, and lobbying efforts with local and national stakeholders. Prior to working at FOUR PAWS, Dr. Polak was the International Director of Animal Welfare at Soi Dog Foundation in Phuket, Thailand where she launched and managed a large-scale sterilization program for stray dogs in the capital city of Bangkok.

Read More


Dr. Mickey Schafer, Ph.D.

Full biography coming soon!

Read More


Dr. Ken Sieranski, DVM, MS

Full biography coming soon!

Read More


Dr. Terry G. Spencer, DVM, Med

Dr. Terry G. Spencer, DVM, MEd

Dr. Spencer serves as the Program Director for the University of Florida Online Graduate Program in Shelter Medicine. She advises students who are pursuing the MS Concentration in Shelter Medicine, supervises capstone project research and presentations, and coordinates faculty who are developing new courses and teaching online. She brings a unique background in both science education and veterinary medicine to the program.

Read More


Dr. Merriss Waters, DVM, MS

Full biography coming soon!

Read More


Dr. Laurie Wright, DVM

Dr. Laurie Wright, DVM, MS

Dr. Wright is a 1977 graduate of Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine. She spent her early years in private practice as a practice owner in southern Indiana. During those years, she developed an interest in behavior medicine, completing a practitioner sabbatical at the Purdue University Animal Behavior Clinic in 2004 and earning a certificate as a training partner with the Karen Pryor Academy for Animal Training and Behavior in 2008.

Read More