Faculty

Amy Marder, DVMDr. 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.

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Jessica Dolce

Jessica Dolce

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.

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

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

Dr. Katherine Polak currently serves as the Head of Stray Animal Care – Southeast Asia for Four Paws International (Vier Pfoten). Before assuming this position, Dr. Polak served as the International Director at Soi Dog Foundation in Phuket, Thailand for over 3 years where she worked on a variety of animal welfare issues include the dog meat trade, stray animal overpopulation, and culling of free-roaming dogs by government agencies.

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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.

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Dr. Laurie Wright, DVM

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.

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Dr. Terry G. Spencer, DVM, Med

Dr. Terry G. Spencer, DVM, Med

Dr. Spencer brings a unique background in both science education and veterinary medicine to the UF Veterinary Shelter Medicine online program supported by PetSmart Charities®. During her first career, she worked as a science educator for K-Junior College students as well as a curriculum developer for the American Chemical Society and for National Science Foundation grants.

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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.

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Dr. Victoria Boyd, DVM

Dr. Vickie Boyd-Kyle, DVM

Dr. Boyd-Kyle s a native of Lancaster County Pennsylvania. Lancaster is known for its strong Amish community, its small town atmosphere, and miles and miles of outlet malls. That is where Vickie’s family raised horses and where Vickie began rescuing animals. She attended the Pennsylvania State University before obtaining her veterinary degree from the University of Tennessee.

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UF Shelter Medicine Online Instructor

Dr. Tiva Hoshizaki

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.

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Dr. Leah Nettle

Dr. Mickey Schafer

Dr. Linda Behar-Horenstein

Dr. Merriss Waters

Dr. Cathy Anderson

Dr. Aimee Dalrymple

Dr. Andrea Peda

Dr. Louiza Chan

Dr. Ken Sieranski