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Consultations in Shelter Animal Medicine

Veterinary Students Taking a Sample for Disease Diagnostics

Veterinary students in Maddie’s® Consultation Clerkship sample for infectious disease diagnostics under the supervision of Dr. Julie Levy (right).

The Consultations in Shelter Animal Medicine Clerkship is a two-week elective clinical rotation designed to train junior and senior veterinary students to approach animal shelter operations with a veterinarian’s critical eye, to gather and analyze data, and to understand the assessment and recommendation process through participation in an actual consult.

Students who complete this course will have experience and understanding in helping shelters achieve their lifesaving and welfare goals.

The course consists of one week of didactic teaching, discussion, webinars, and data analysis with lead faculty Dr. Julie Levy and Dr. Cynda Crawford, followed by one week onsite at an animal shelter for a full shelter health consultation. The Consultation Clerkship is guided by the framework of the ASV Guidelines for Standards of Care in Animal Shelters.

Dr. Natalie Isaza and Veterinary Students

Dr. Natalie Isaza (center) heads the Veterinary Community Outreach Program in UF’s SACS department.


Veterinary Community Outreach

The Veterinary Community Outreach Program operates a two-week elective clinical rotation for junior and senior veterinary students at the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine.

Under the direction of Dr. Natalie Isaza (Service Chief) and Dr. Brian DiGangi in the Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences, the clinical service seeks to assist veterinary students in developing their basic surgical skills through service learning and community outreach.

This elective clinical rotation is designed to introduce students to the challenges of veterinary practice in both community and shelter environments, and to give experience in spay and neuter techniques of dogs, puppies, cats and kittens.