Sarah Kirk, DVM, MS

Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor
Maddie’s Shelter Medicine Program at the University of Florida

After graduating with her DVM from Michigan State University, Dr. Kirk sampled many offerings of this wonderful profession including private practice, behavior, and research, with the majority of her career spent in shelter medicine and surgery. After moving to Florida in 2008, she was fortunate to become involved with the Maddie’s Shelter Medicine Program at UF, participating in Operation Catnip, the Community Cat Management Course, shelter consultations, and disaster response. Through her disaster response, she was introduced to large scale cruelty cases, ultimately becoming Medical Director of the ASPCA’s Field Investigation and Response team. She earned her MS in Veterinary Sciences with a concentration in Shelter Medicine in May 2017 from the University of Florida and joined the Maddie’s Shelter Medicine Program shortly thereafter. In addition to her work as an online instructor, she participates in shelter consultations both on the US mainland and in Puerto Rico. Her special interests include facility design, population management, welfare of shelter animals, and infectious diseases of rescued animals.

In addition to her two amazing adult children, she shares her life in sunny Florida with rescued cats and horses, who remind her daily why she loves her profession.

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  • MS in Veterinary Medical Sciences with a Concentration in Shelter Medicine, University of Florida, 2017
  • DVM, Michigan State University, 1977
  • BS in Veterinary Medicine, Michigan State University, 1975

Selected Publications:

  • Kirk SK, Levy JK, Crawford PC. Efficacy of Azithromycin and Compounded Atovaquone for Treatment of Babesia gibsoni in Dogs. J Vet Intern Med 2017;31:1108-1112.
  • Cannon SH, Levy JK, Kirk SK, Crawford PC, Leutenegger CM, Shuster JJ, Liu J, Chandrashekar R. Infectious diseases in dogs rescued during dogfighting investigations. Vet J. 2016; 211:64-9. doi: 10.1016/j.tvjl.2016.02.012.