Shelter medicine internship with a feline focus: Applications due April 25

Published: April 10th, 2019

Category: Blog, Featured, News

kitten in scrub pocketDo you have a deep, personal passion to change the world for shelter pets, with a special interest in cats? Are you ready to develop the knowledge, experience, and wisdom to join a shelter and make an immediate positive impact for shelter animals and the communities they live in? If this is you, then you might be our next shelter medicine intern.

Although keeping animals in shelters healthy is essential to their placement in homes, there’s a critical shortage of veterinarians with special expertise in shelter medicine. Our internship program has been expanded to include an additional position beginning in June.

Designed to produce a skilled practitioner well-equipped for shelter practice or to be competitive for a residency program in the shelter medicine specialty, the core component of the internship is hands-on medical, behavioral, and surgical care of patients in a mentored shelter environment. The program for our second intern will leverage our current programmatic focus on cats via our leadership in the Million Cat Challenge, FeLV research, Operation Catnip, and our work in Puerto Rican shelters and Spayathon for Puerto Rico. This feline focus means that when options arise, feline activities will be selected (e.g. cat shelters, cat disease outbreaks, etc).

Although cats will be emphasized, this will still be a very well-rounded training experience as described in our listing in the Veterinary Internship and Residency Matching Program.The intern will participate in several clinical rotations selected from a palette of open-admission municipal and limited-admission adoption-guarantee shelters in Florida. The participating shelters have advanced shelter medicine programs led by full-time shelter veterinarians, most of whom are alumni of the Maddie’s Shelter Medicine Program.

These in-shelter rotations provide training in best practices for preventive healthcare, treatment of ill and injured animals, monitoring animal health and welfare, principles of population medicine and management, infectious disease recognition and response, community cat management, cruelty investigations, and surgery. Back at the college, the intern will work with the shelter medicine faculty in veterinary forensic medicine, shelter consultations, diagnosis and management of disease outbreaks in shelters, and large-scale field responses to disasters involving animals, including mass seizures of abused or neglected animals.

A unique component of our shelter medicine internship program includes completion of several online shelter medicine courses that supplement the clinical training phase. The intern will also earn certification as a Fear Free Practitioner and FEMA certification necessary for assisting with animal disasters or emergencies at both the state and federal level.

Prospective applicants can view the internship’s complete descriptions and requirements here. They include:

  1. Veterinary school official transcript from university registrar
  2. Personal statement
  3. Curriculum vitae
  4. Names, affiliations, email addresses, and phone numbers for three professional references

Applications must be submitted to Dr. Julie Levy at levyjk@ufl.edu by April 25, 2019.

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