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Katherine Polak, DVM, MPH, MS, DACVPM

Katherine Polak, DVM, MPH, MS, DACVPM

Director of Animal Welfare for Soi Dog Foundation
Phuket, Thailand

Co-instructor, Maddie’s® Certificate in Shelter Medicine Maddie’s® Shelter Medicine Program at the University of Florida

Soi Dog Foundation is the premiere agency working to combat the cruel dog meat trade in Southeast Asia and conducts a national sterilization and vaccination campaign for stray dogs. Dr. Polak’s interests include stray animal management, high-volume, high-quality spay neuter, and feline infectious diseases. She is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Preventative Medicine and a former resident in Shelter Medicine at the University of Florida Maddie’s® Shelter Medicine Program and a former intern in Shelter Medicine and Surgery at Colorado State University. Dr. Polak is also a co-instructor in the Maddie’s® Certificate in Shelter Medicine online program.


  • Resident in Shelter Medicine, University of Florida, 2012-2014
  • MS, Forensic Science, University of Florida
  • Internship, Shelter Medicine and Surgery, Colorado State University 2011
  • MPH, University of Iowa, 2010
  • DVM, Iowa State University, 2010
  • BS, Cell and Molecular Biology, Tulane University, 2006


  • Maddie’s Excellence in Shelter Medicine Award, 2010
  • Saulsbery Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine Scholarship, 2010
  • ISU College of Veterinary Medicine Endowment Fund for Academic Excellence Award, 2009
  • Maddie’s Shelter Medicine Externship Scholarship, 2009
  • St. George’s University Veterinary Mentor Scholarship, 2007
  • Tulane University Distinguished Scholar Award, 2006


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