Katherine Polak, DVM, MPH, MS, DACVPM

Dr. Katherine PolakHead of Stray Animal Care – Southeast Asia
FOUR PAWS International

Co-instructor, Maddie’s® Certificate in Shelter Medicine
Maddie’s® Shelter Medicine Program at the University of Florida

Dr. Katherine Polak currently serves as the Head of Stray Animal Care – Southeast Asia for FOUR PAWS International, also known as Vier Pfoten. FOUR PAWS is a strong, global and independent voice for animals under human control with offices in over 13 countries. Dr. Polak’s interests include improving veterinary training, humane stray dog management, and combating the cruel dog and cat meat trade in Asia. She is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Preventative Medicine and a former resident in Shelter Medicine at the University of Florida Maddie’s® Shelter Medicine Program and a former intern in Shelter Medicine and Surgery at Colorado State University. Dr. Polak is also a co-instructor in the Maddie’s® Certificate in Shelter Medicine online program. 


  • Resident in Shelter Medicine, University of Florida, 2012-2014
  • MS, Forensic Science, University of Florida
  • Internship, Shelter Medicine and Surgery, Colorado State University 2011
  • MPH, University of Iowa, 2010
  • DVM, Iowa State University, 2010
  • BS, Cell and Molecular Biology, Tulane University, 2006


  • Maddie’s Excellence in Shelter Medicine Award, 2010
  • Saulsbery Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine Scholarship, 2010
  • ISU College of Veterinary Medicine Endowment Fund for Academic Excellence Award, 2009
  • Maddie’s Shelter Medicine Externship Scholarship, 2009
  • St. George’s University Veterinary Mentor Scholarship, 2007
  • Tulane University Distinguished Scholar Award, 2006