Lauren Unger, BS

Maddie’s Shelter Medicine Research Fellow
Maddie’s Shelter Medicine Program at the University of Florida

Lauren’s shelter medicine interests began in high school, when she volunteered for the county shelter at her home in Fort Pierce, Florida. She has fostered more than 50 kittens in Fort Pierce and Gainesville, and trapped more than 100 feral cats for the Operation Catnip trap-neuter-return program. She is the Shelter Medicine Program’s first research fellow. Her research project is a survey of animal shelters and veterinary clinics regarding their microchipping practices to determine if there are functional microchipping networks that form local safety nets for lost pets in southern communities. She has also worked on a study of intensive TNR, trapping, vaccinating, and sterilizing feral cats in a single zip code and another study of cat identification collars.


  • DVM Candidate, University of Florida, 2012
  • BS, Animal Science, University of Florida, 2008