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Katharine Berry

Empowering Students: HQHVSN’s Impact on Shelter Medicine Education

Dr. Phil Bushby recently delivered an engaging presentation during a grand rounds session offered by the Online Graduate Program in Shelter Medicine, focusing on the importance of access to care in veterinary medicine. Drawing from his paper, “High-quality, high-volume spay-neuter: Access to care and the challenge to…

Student and Faculty Author Paper on Understanding Veterinarian of Record Relationships in Animal Shelters

Authors Sara R. Almcrantz, Dr. Emily J. Walz, DVM, MPH, DACVPM, and Terry G. Spencer, DVM, Med, highlight the critical relationship between shelter administrators and veterinarians in their paper “Veterinarian of Record Relationships for Animal Shelters: Differences in Expectations between Veterinarians and Nonveterinarian Shelter Administrators.” Sara, a graduating student…

Recent Graduate Presents Capstone at National Conference

Berlin Waters with her poster presentation. The capstone project in the Online Shelter Medicine program is more than just another assignment; it serves as a valuable platform for sharing innovative ideas and best practices within the field of animal shelters. Recent graduate Berlin Waters exemplifies this by…

Current Student and Graduate Awarded Grant for Shelter

Nikki Hardesty (center back) and her team from the Brazoria County SPCA. Nicole (Nikki) Hardesty, a current student in the Online Shelter Medicine program, has successfully applied her coursework to make a significant impact. She serves as the executive director of the Brazoria County SPCA shelter…

Upcoming Student Grand Rounds

Every Wednesday evening, Dr. Terry Spencer from the University of Florida hosts a grand rounds Zoom call for students in the Online Shelter Medicine program and other veterinary students. Some upcoming dates are in partnership with the Association of Shelter Veterinarians. Both current ASV students and regular members are invited…

New Graduate Certificate in Animal Shelter Leadership

  The University of Florida has expanded its educational offerings for animal welfare with a new graduate certificate in animal shelter leadership. This certificate will benefit veterinarians, veterinary technicians, animal control officers, shelter operations staff and many more professionals in the field, and will help professionals understand the unique…

Shelter Medicine Survey for Veterinarians

If you are a veterinarian or lead or manage an animal shelter or rescue, please complete this survey by one of our UF Online Graduate Students in Shelter Medicine, Sara Almcrantz, DVM, MPH.   The project looks to gather information about the Veterinarian of Record relationship between veterinarians and animal…

After Hurricane Ian, One Student Puts Shelter Medicine into Practice

Ashleigh Rankin The last semester of graduate school is usually challenging for students, but imagine combining that with a Category 4 hurricane and putting your training into practice soon after! Fall 2022 certainly has been eventful for Ashleigh Rankin, who is completing her Master of Science in Shelter…

Making the Change from Private Veterinary Practice to Shelter Medicine

Dr. Aimee Dalrymple In a recent feature by Best Friends Network Partners, faculty member Dr. Amiee Dalrymple, DVM, MS, gave an account of what guided her switch from conventional veterinary practice to shelter and rescue medicine. The field is emerging, but still many veterinary colleges do not…

Dr. Garcia Has Tips for Hurricane Preparedness and Pets

Dr. Lawrence “Larry” Garcia When preparing for hurricane season, it’s important to include a plan for your animal companions. In June, UF Online Shelter Medicine faculty medicine Dr. Lawrence Garcia gave a few pointers to WUFT on what to consider in preparing for an emergency.

Dr. Donnett Presenting at Music City Veterinary Conference

One of our faculty members, Dr. Uri Donnet, DVM, MS, DABVP, is presenting at the Music City Veterinary Conference, February 18-20, 2022. He will be among the Small Animal speakers on February 18, focusing on topics of Medicine and Management for Feline Upper Respiratory Disease, Treatment and Management for…

Dr. Polak to Receive 2020 Hero Veterinarian Award at Nov. 12 Gala

  Due to considerations during the pandemic, the in-person presentations 2020 Hero Veterinarian Awards were postponed. On November 12, 2021, the 2020 award recipients will be recognized at the 2021 American Humane Hero Dog Awards. Dr. Katherine Polak is dedicated to animal welfare both in the US and around…

Dr. Garcia Publishes in Journal of Veterinary Medical Education

Dr. Lawrence “Larry” Garcia Dr. Lawrence “Larry” Garcia has published in the Journal of Veterinary Medical Education on assessing the preparedness of veterinarians to deal with natural and man-made disasters, including COVID-19. Dr. Garcia serves as medical director of the UF Veterinary Emergency Treatment Services disaster response team…

Dr. Emilia Gordon Co-author on Declaw Ban Study

Emilia Gordon, DVM, DABVP A new study from the British Columbia Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (BC SPCA) has presented findings that declaw bans do not lead to increases in shelter intakes or euthanasia for felines. One of our newest faculty members, Dr. Emilia Gordon,…