Sarah Kirk, DVM, MS

Adjunct Lecturer
Maddie’s Shelter Medicine Program at the University of Florida

From helping animals displaced by Hurricane Sandy to leading efforts to establish community cat and high-quality, high-volume spay/neuter clinics, Dr. Kirk is an animal welfare and shelter medicine leader. Dr. Kirk has worked the majority of her career as a shelter veterinarian, consultant, and emergency responder. She brings her experience in shelters and multiple, large-scale cruelty and neglect cases; forensic examination; report writing; and long-term care of abuse victims to her position as an instructor for the Maddie’s Shelter Medicine program at the University of Florida. 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.


  • 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.