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Community Cat Management: VEM 5342

community cat managment

Managing Unowned Community Cats

If you’re looking for real-world insight into saving community cats, you won’t want to miss this.

Learn handling and surgical skillsThis week-long intensive veterinary training program will use a combination of lectures, discussions, and clinical laboratories to cover the controversial topic of managing unowned community cats.

“My surgical skills greatly improved, did my fastest time ever! I also learned so much about working with the community and about statistics.”



Thank you to Petsmart Charities for making this course possible!

PetSmart Charities



Registration is a two-step process. You will first complete a survey that helps us understand your skills and experience in feline surgery topics.  This enables us to provide the best possible instruction for all the participants.  After completing the survey, you will be directed to the registration site.

Registration Costs: Early Registration
(on or before June 1st)
Regular Registration
(after June 1st)
Veterinarians $100 $150
UF and Non-UF Veterinary Students $50 $75

Please don’t wait to enroll! Enrollment is limited to 30 participants! We look forward to seeing you in August!


Scrubbing in for surgery

The Community Cat Management course offers advanced training in high-quality high-volume spay and neuter. Prerequisites for enrollment include basic proficiency in feline spay and neuter acquired by previous completion of both of the following:

Veterinary Students:

  • Soft-tissue surgery laboratory course
  • Focused experience in spay/neuter training such as an externship, TNR program, or Shelter Medicine clinical rotation


  • Clinical spay/neuter experience
  • Graduated from AVMA accredited veterinary school

If you have questions about your prerequisites, please contact us.

Who Should Attend

Join Us for Community Cat Management Training

  • Veterinary Students
  • Veterinary Residents and Interns
  • Practicing Veterinarians

Credits (UF Veterinary students)

  • Veterinary students enrolled at the University of Florida will receive 1 credit for this course.

CE Credit (pending)

  • Veterinarians can receive CE credit for 48 Contact Hours or 4.8 CEU’s.
  • This course will be submitted for Certified Animal Welfare Administrator (CAWA) continuing education credits.

“I got to practice my surgical skills, as well as practice in other areas such as monitoring during anesthesia, vaccinations, IV injections, prepping, and anesthesia…”



The Community Cat Management course is being held at the University of Florida, College of Veterinary Medicine in the Veterinary Academic Building.  The physical address is 2015 SW 16th Avenue, Gainesville, FL 32610 (Google Map).


If you are traveling in from out of town and plan to book accommodations, on the registration page you will have an option to choose between dorm or hotel lodging.  Dorm lodging is literally in an apartment style dorm setting.  Hotel lodging is available for a discounted rate through the Residence Inn.  For more information on both options, visit the Information page. 


  • The course starts promptly at 8:00 am on Monday August 4th with a classroom session in the VAB Auditorium behind the Veterinary Academic Building at the College of Veterinary Medicine (map is available on the Information page).
  • Surgery sessions will start promptly at 8:00 am in the Veterinary Academic Building surgery suite Tuesday through Friday.
  • Course activities will wrap up by 6:30 pm each day. The exception is Tuesday, when participants will join cat trapping teams in the evening and divide up trap-checking duties during the night.
  • A one-hour meal break is scheduled between the morning and afternoon sessions. You may bring your own lunch or purchase items from Einstein Bros. Bagels in the nearby Small Animal Hospital. There is not much in the way of dining options at the vet school, so many students bring their own food each day. Refrigerators and microwaves are available in the surgery building for lunches.
  • The full course schedule can be found here.
  • Please plan to attend the full course.  It is strongly recommended that you plan your departure for AFTER the completion of the course on Friday.

Other Information

Other important information can be found on the Information page, and participants will also receive a detailed Welcome pack in July.

What You Can Expect

  • Gain an understanding of the impact of community cats on public health, the environment, and cat welfare
  • Discuss medico-legal issues associated with community cat management in Florida.
  • Develop handling and surgical skills for both pediatric and adult cats undergoing spay and neuter surgery in a clinical environment
  • Develop competencies in safe and humane procedures for feral cat trapping, transportation, and housing
  • Develop competencies in feral cat anesthesia and monitoring, surgical site preparation, administration of injectable and topical medications
  • Develop competencies in high-quality, high-volume feline castration and ovariohysterectomy

Faculty & Presenters

  • Dr. William Alex Alvarez
    Surgical Resident
    University of Florida
  • Dr. Karla Brestle
    Humane Alliance
  • Dr. Amie Burling
    Maddie’s® Shelter Medicine Program
    University of Florida
  • Dr. Staci Cannon
    Maddie’s® Shelter Medicine Program
    University of Florida
  • Dr. Cynda Crawford
    Maddie’s® Shelter Medicine Program
    University of Florida
  • Dr. Nancy Ferguson
    College of Veterinary Medicine
    Purdue University
  • Dr. Brenda Griffin
    Small Animal Clinical Sciences
    University of Florida
  • Dr. Sarah Kirk
  • Dr. Julie Levy
    Maddie’s® Shelter Medicine Program
    University of Florida
  • Dr. Janet Martin
  • Dr. Luisito Pablo
    Anesthesia and Pain Management
    University of Florida
  • Dr. Ken Sieranski
    Maddie’s® Shelter Medicine Intern
    University of Florida
  • Dr. Christine Wilford
    Founder, Feral Cat Spay/Neuter Project