Dr. 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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Dr. Jeff Fortna, DVM
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. Lawrence Garcia, MS, DVM
Dr. Garcia is a Clinical Assistant Professor in Shelter Medicine and Surgery at the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine, in the Veterinary Community Outreach Program. He also serves in the Medical Director role for the college’s emergency response team, the Veterinary Emergency Treatment Service (Vets) Team. During his tenure he has participated in disaster response exercises as well as led the team on a state requested field hospital response following hurricane Irma.
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.
Dr. 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.
Dr. Leah Nettle, Ph.D.
Full biography coming soon!
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
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.
Dr. Ken Sieranski, DVM, MS
Full biography coming soon!
Dr. Lisa Shriver, DVM
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
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. Merriss Waters, DVM, MS
Dr. Waters has always felt a deep connection with animals and has been volunteering with animal welfare organizations since she was 8 years old. After graduating with honors from veterinary school at UC Davis, and completing her internship, she worked as an emergency and critical care veterinarian at Seattle Veterinary Specialists while also volunteering at local shelters and traveling with non-profit animal welfare organizations.
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.