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Community Cat Management: VEM 5342


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.

  • Course Number: VEM 5342
  • Where: Gainesville, Florida
  • When:  August 10th-14th, 2015
  • Time: See Agenda for start and end times each day
  • Syllabus
  • Conference Fees:
  • Early registration (on/before June 1) Regular Registration (after June 1)
    Veterinarians $200 $300
    Veterinary students $50 $75
    UF Veterinary students email

    CEUs: 36 hours

  • 1 credit: (UF veterinary students)

“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 currently closed. Please check back closer to August to see if it has been re-opened or contact us for more information.

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. Please make sure you complete this second registration step as well.

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Registration Costs: Early Registration
(on or before June 1st)
Regular Registration
(after June 1st)
Veterinarians $200 $300
Non-UF Veterinary Students $50 $75
UF Veterinary Students email

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


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 all of the following:

Veterinary Students:

  1. Soft-tissue surgery laboratory course
  2. Attending an AVMA-accredited veterinary school
  3. Focused experience in spay/neuter training such as an externship, TNR program, or Shelter Medicine clinical rotation
  4. Have completed a minimum of five spays prior to the course


  1. Clinical spay/neuter experience
  2. Graduated from AVMA accredited veterinary school OR licensed veterinarian in the U.S.
  3. Have completed a minimum of five spays prior to the course

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 (Veterinary & Graduate Students)

  • Veterinary and graduate students enrolled at the University of Florida will receive 1 credit for this course. Students from other institutions should contact us to discuss credit options.

CE Credit (pending)

  • Veterinarians can receive CE credit for 36 Contact Hours or 3.6 CEUs.
  • 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 will be 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).


Hotel lodging is available for a discounted rate through the Residence Inn.  Breakfast and wi-fi is included. For more information, visit the FAQs page.


See full agenda here.

Other Information

More important details can be found on the FAQs page.

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 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 in pediatric and adult cats

Faculty & Presenters

  • Dr. William Alex Alvarez
    Surgical Resident
    University of Florida
  • Dr. Karla Brestle
    Humane Alliance
  • 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. Christine Wilford
    Founder, Feral Cat Spay/Neuter Project