Dr. Cathy Anderson, DVM, MS

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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.

Julie Bank, MIS 

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Julie Bank is the principal of JBankConsulting where she works with non-profit and government clients on operations, programming, and administration. She has worked for over 30 years in private non-profit animal welfare and governmental animal controls leading organizations in New York, Arizona, Oklahoma, and California. She also consults with corporate entities that provide services and products to the animal welfare space.

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.

Dr. Louiza Chan, DVM, MBA

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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.

Lacie Davis, MPA, MS

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Lacie earned her Master’s Degree in Veterinary Medical Sciences from the University of Florida with a concentration in Shelter Medicine. She has spent the past 10+ years in various positions within the animal welfare community.

Dr. Uri Donnet, DVM, MS, DABVP (Shelter Medicine)

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Dr. Donnet received his DVM from the Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2014 and completed a Masters of Science in Veterinary Preventive Medicine at Iowa State University as well. Uri then completed an internship and residency in shelter medicine at Mississippi State University from 2015-2018. Uri has worked in academia from 2018-2021 as the Maddie’s Clinical Instructor in Shelter Medicine for the University of Wisconsin-Madison Shelter Medicine Program.

Ann Ensminger, MS, CAWA

Ann Ensminger earned her Master of Science in Veterinary Medical Sciences with a concentration in Shelter Medicine from the University of Florida in 2018 and is a Certified Animal Welfare Administrator. She also earned her graduate certificate in Non-Profit Leadership from UF while working towards her master’s degree. Ann is currently a member of the leadership team at Animal Friends in Pittsburgh, PA where she has worked in various management roles since 2006 and is thrilled to be involved with the UF Shelter Medicine Community again.

Courses Taught

VME6801: Principles of Management in  Animal Shelters 

Dr. Jeff Fortna, DVM, MS

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Dr. Jeff Fortna is a seasoned veterinarian with twenty years of animal shelter and clinical experience. He has participated in a variety of shelter programs, services and site-wide assessments in his career. He received his veterinary degree from Michigan State University (2000) followed by the Maddie’s Graduate Certificate in Shelter Medicine (2015) and Master of Science degree in Veterinary Clinical Sciences with a concentration in Shelter Medicine (2016) from the University of Florida. Since completing his post-doctoral education, he has received his Fear Free Shelter Certification and undergone additional training in performing shelter assessments through the University of Florida and Million Cat Challenge.

Dr. Jo Jarred

Dr. Jo Jarred

Dr. Jo Jarred graduated from North Carolina State University in 2017 with a focus in zoological medicine.  She practiced at a mixed animal hospital with a focus on exotics for three years before transitioning to shelter medicine in 2020. 

Dr. Erin Katribe, DVM, DABVP (Shelter Medicine Practice)

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Dr. Erin Katribe earned her DVM degree from Texas A&M University in 2009 and practiced shelter medicine and high-quality, high-volume spay/neuter in the Austin area for several years until moving to Kanab, Utah, in 2017 to work at Best Friends Animal Society’s sanctuary.

Hannah Garcia, M.S.

Hannah Garcia

Hannah Garcia is a global educator with a passion for veterinary medicine. Currently, she serves as the Chief of Staff for an education technology company that seeks to provide educational (and FUN) opportunities for students in over 50 countries around the world.

Dr. Emilia Wong Gordon, DVM, DABVP (Shelter Medicine Practice)

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Dr. Gordon provides mobile and consulting services to animal shelters and other animal welfare stakeholders through her veterinary practice, Haven Veterinary Services. She is also a Guide on VetHive, lectures regularly on shelter topics at several universities in Western Canada, and volunteers with groups focused on animal welfare and diversity, equity, and inclusion in veterinary medicine.

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

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

During the Pandemic of 2020, we lost our dear friend and colleague, Dr. L.A. King.  He was passionate about shelter medicine, teaching, HQHV Spay Neuter, and his rescued pet, “Bandit.”  He was also great fun when he played his guitar and sang for our online faculty members.  Dr. King had a distinguished career in veterinary practice in Texas, scientific research with Texas A & M, completed a surgical residency at Colorado State University, and became associated with the Online Graduate Program in Shelter Medicine from the inception in 2012.  We sorely miss him and so does our profession.  RIP.

Dr. Amy Marder, DVM, CAAB

Amy Marder, DVM

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.

Dr. Katie Marrie, DVM, MS

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Katie Marrie graduated from UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine in 2008 and earned her Master of Science degree in Veterinary Medical Sciences with a Concentration in Shelter Medicine in 2020. Katie’s experience in HQHVSN has allowed her to perform over 50,000 spay and neuter surgeries with multiple organizations in Los Angeles including Spay Neuter Project of Los Angeles and the ASPCA. Currently she is the Vice President of Veterinary Medicine at the Santa Barbara Humane Society.

Dr. Becky Morrow, DVM, MS, CAWA

Becky Morrow, DVM, MS, CAWA

Dr. Morrow is a 1998 graduate of The Ohio State University. She spent 6 years in private practice before entering academia. Dr. Morrow’s introduction to shelter medicine and veterinary forensics came during her assistance with the investigation, raid, and rescue of animals from a massive hoarding facility and directing the care of hundreds of cats in a temporary shelter. After adjudication of the case, she founded Frankie’s Friends Cat Rescue to house the chronically ill and unadoptable cats and opened a low-cost veterinary clinic and HQHVSN center.


Dr. Leah Nettle, Ph.D.

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Dr. Leah Nettle earned her PhD. in Biology from SUNY Binghamton University focusing on animal behavior, ecology and evolution. She studied the vocal communication of American Crows deciphering the contexts and functions of two crow calls. Prior to Binghamton University, Dr. Nettle worked in a companion animal veterinary clinic as a veterinary assistant.

Dr. Andrea Peda, DVM, MS

Dr. 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.

Dr. Katherine Polak, DVM, MPH, MS, DACVPM, DABVP (Shelter Medicine Practice)

Dr. Katherine Polak leads the Companion Animals & Engagement team for Humane Society International, working to improve companion animal welfare around the world through humane management of street dog populations, community engagement, veterinary training, and ending the cruel dog and cat meat trade in Asia. Before joining HSI, Dr. Polak managed animal welfare programs and campaigns across Southeast Asia with Vienna-based NGO FOUR PAWS.

Caitlin Quinn, MPA

Caitlin Quinn

Caitlin is passionate about working with animal services organizations to reimagine the way they tell their stories and connect with the community. She has served in the animal welfare field since 2008 and is currently the Director of Operations for HeARTs Speak. This national nonprofit works to increase the visibility of shelter animals by providing training, tools, and partnerships designed to make highly effective marketing a reality for organizations of every shape, size, and budget. She has her BA in Writing and her MA in Public Administration and lives in New York state with two dogs who own her heart.

Dr. Fred Rainey, DPhil, MS

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Dr. Rainey came to shelter medicine after a 20 year academic career in microbiological research, teaching and university administration. In retirement Fred works in veterinary medicine in shelters, mobile spay neuter clinics, street dog treatment programs in Nepal and international rabies vaccination programs.

Dr. Lisa Shriver, DVM

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Dr. Shriver graduated from The Ohio State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine in 2009.  She is very passionate about learning and sharing knowledge related to the ever-evolving fields of shelter medicine, veterinary forensics, field medicine and access to care for underserved populations. She has been part of the University of Florida shelter medicine instructional team on and off since 2013.

Dr. Terry G. Spencer, DVM, MEd

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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.


Dr. Emily Walz, DVM, MPH, DACVPM

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Dr. Emily Walz is a veterinarian who practices at the intersection of shelter medicine and public health. They have an interest in issues that arise at the confluence of people, domestic animals, wildlife, and the environment. They have worked internationally on issues of climate change, infectious and vector- borne disease in Tanzania and Cameroon, and domestically at non-profit and municipal animal shelters in Illinois, Ohio, Minnesota, and Massachusetts .

Dr. Laurie Wright, DVM, MS

Dr. Laurie Wright, DVM

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.