About the Speakers

Edwin BayoEdwin Bayo

Grossman, Furlow and Bayo, Attorneys at Law

Edwin Bayo is a partner at the law firm of Grossman, Furlow and Bayo. Mr. Bayo’s practice specializes in the representation of professional licensees and regulated entities before Florida courts and state agencies, with a concentration in the laws and regulations affecting pharmacies and drug manufacturers. He is a frequent guest lecturer on licensing and regulatory issues affecting these industries. Mr. Bayo received his Juris Doctorate from Stetson Law School.

Dr. Staci HutsellDr. Staci Cannon

Maddie’s Shelter Medicine Program
University of Florida

Dr. Staci Cannon graduated from the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine in 2010 and completed an internship in small animal medicine and surgery at VCA South Shore Animal Hospital in Weymouth, Massachusetts.  Dr. Cannon worked for several shelter and rescue organizations in Massachusetts prior to joining Maddie’s Shelter Medicine Program at the University of Florida as a staff veterinarian. She has interests in preventative medicine, infectious disease, and community engagement, and is passionate about promoting the medical and emotional wellbeing of shelter animals.

Cynda Crawford, DVM, PhDDr. Cynda Crawford

Clinical Assistant Professor of Shelter Medicine
Maddie’s® Shelter Medicine Program
University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Crawford earned her B.S. and M.S. degrees at North Carolina State University, followed by completion of a PhD in Immunology and Infectious diseases from the University of Florida in 1984. She graduated from the UF College of Veterinary Medicine in 1989 and practiced small animal medicine in Tallahassee for 10 years.

Following a postdoctoral research position focusing on the pathogenesis of FIV in kittens, she joined the Small Animal Clinical Sciences faculty at the UF CVM in 2001. Since 2008, she is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Maddie’s Shelter Medicine Program at the UF CVM. Her areas of expertise include canine and feline infectious diseases, and diagnostic tests and vaccines for infectious diseases.

Her current focus is the diagnosis of viruses and bacteria that cause acute respiratory infections in dogs in shelters. She was instrumental in identifying canine influenza virus and among the pioneering researchers into the disease

Hurley-PhotoDr. Kate Hurley

UC Davis Koret Shelter Medicine Program

Kate Hurley is the director of the UC Davis Koret Shelter Medicine Program. Dr. Hurley began her career as an animal control officer in 1989. After graduation from the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine in 1999, she worked as a shelter veterinarian in California and Wisconsin. In 2001, she returned to UC Davis to become the first in the world to undertake a residency in Shelter Medicine. Following completion of the residency, Hurley became the director of the UC Davis Koret shelter medicine program. Two of her proudest achievements are co-authoring the “Association of Shelter Veterinarians’ Guidelines for Standards of Care in Animal Shelters” and co-editing the textbook “Infectious Disease Management in Animal Shelters”. She loves all things shelter-related, but her particular interests include welfare of confined dogs and cats, humane and effective strategies to manage community cats, infectious disease, and unusually short dogs. She loves shelter work because it has the potential to improve the lives of so many animals and the people who work so hard to care for them.

Isaza-PhotoDr. Natalie Isaza

Clinical Service Chief
Merial Veterinary Community Outreach Program
University of Florida

Dr. Isaza is the clinical service chief and founding faculty member of the Merial Veterinary Community Outreach Program (formerly known as the Merial shelter medicine clerkship) at the University of Florida. She received her DVM degree from UF in 1994, and completed a rotating internship in small animal medicine and surgery at Cornell University following graduation. Since the program’s inception in 2003, she and her students have spayed and neutered over 20,000 animals, treated over 500 dogs for heartworm infection (since 2008), and performed over 1000 “other” surgeries to prevent the euthanasia of homeless animals in Alachua and surrounding counties of Florida. In addition, they participate in a free weekly veterinary clinic for the pets of low income and homeless members of the community in and around Gainesville, Florida, providing routine veterinary care and targeted spay/neuter for the pets of these clients.

Kirk-PhotoDr. Sarah Kirk

Medical Director
Field Investigation and Response

Dr. Kirk received her DVM from Michigan State University in 1977, and completed her Certificate in Shelter Medicine from UF in 2013.  Her career has been spent in private practice, research, and her passion, shelter medicine.  After “retiring” to Florida in 2008, she became involved as a volunteer with the Shelter Medicine Department at UF, participating in Operation Catnip, shelter consultations, and disaster response.  Following her work as a consultant with the ASPCA on the Caboodle Ranch case, she was hired by the ASPCA in November of 2012.  As the FIR team Medical Director, she is responsible for the protocols used to provide consistency of response for emergency sheltering.

Levy_featuredDr. Julie Levy

Maddie’s Shelter Medicine Program
University of Florida

Dr. Levy graduated from the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of California-Davis in 1989, followed by an internship at Angell Memorial Animal Hospital, and a residency in small animal internal medicine and PhD in the pathobiology of FIV infection in cats at North Carolina State University.

Dr. Levy’s research and clinical interests center on the health and welfare of animals in shelters, feline infectious diseases, humane alternatives for cat population control, and contraceptive vaccines for cats. She is the founder of Operation Catnip, with two university-based feral cat spay/neuter programs that have sterilized more than 45,000 cats since 1994. Dr. Levy has published more than 100 journal articles and textbook chapters.


Annette LitsterDr. Annette Litster

Dr. Annette Litster graduated from the School of Veterinary Science at The University of Queensland in Australia in 1982 and became a Fellow of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists by examination in Feline Medicine in 2001. She received a PhD from The University of Queensland in Australia in 2001 and in 2006 she obtained a Masters of Medical Science in Clinical Epidemiology from The University of Newcastle, Australia.

Dr. Litster moved to the United States in 2007, where she worked as an Associate Professor and the Director of the Purdue Maddie’s Shelter Medicine Program. She joined Zoetis in January this year as a Senior Veterinary Specialist in internal medicine, with a focus on shelter medicine and infectious disease. Dr. Litster has published over 40 papers in national and international peer-reviewed veterinary journals.  She is the Scientific Editor of the Veterinary Journal She is a well respected national and international speaker, and is a member of ISCAID (International Society for Companion Animal Infectious Diseases), the Association of Shelter Veterinarians, and the European Society of Feline Medicine.

Dr. Luisito PabloLuisito Pablo, DVM, PhD

Associate Professor
Service Chief, Section of Anesthesia and Pain Management
University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Luisito S. Pablo received the degree of Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 1978. He received his Master of Science in Large Animal Medicine and Surgery from Auburn University in 1982. His interest in anesthesia started when he came back to Auburn University to pursue his PhD in 1984. He started as a visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Florida in 1989.

He became board certified in Veterinary Anesthesiology in 1993. Presently, Dr. Pablo is an associate professor at the College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Florida and the service chief of the Section of Anesthesia and Pain Management.

Polak-and-puppyDr. Katherine Polak

Maddie’s Shelter Medicine Program
University of Florida

Dr. Katherine Polak is a senior resident in shelter medicine at Maddie’s Shelter Medicine Program at the University of Florida.  Her research and clinical interests focus on the health and welfare of animals in shelters, disaster response, and international high quality spay/neuter programs. She graduated Magne Cum Laude from Iowa State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine and completed a shelter medicine and surgery internship at Colorado State University.  She has also completed a Master of Public Health from the University of Iowa and a Master of Forensic Science from the University of Florida.  Her current research activities focus on the infectious disease profile of cats seized in large-scale cat cruelty investigations.  While working at the University of Florida, Dr. Polak has traveled extensively throughout Southeast Asia and Eastern Europe performing disaster relief work and consulting on canine sterilization programs.

Quinn-PhotoCaitlin Quinn

Foundation Manager
Animal Farm Foundation

Caitlin Quinn is the Foundation Manager for Animal Farm Foundation. She received her BA in Communications and is currently pursuing a Masters in Public Administration. Caitlin acts as program manager for many of Animal Farm Foundation’s initiatives, including the grants and awards program and professional development programs, which include internships, workshops and webinars for animal welfare professionals. She also directs the organization’s marketing and communications, including managing promotional and educational content creation. Caitlin’s main focus is supporting shelter workers, veterinarians, animal control officers and community advocates in the work that they do to end discriminatory policies and increase positive outcomes, both in their organizations and in their communities.

Aimee Sadler

Aimee Sadler

Director of Training & Behavior
Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation

Aimee Sadler is the Director of Training & Behavior for the Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation and the Founder of “Playing for Life! ™ a training program for shelter dogs featuring play groups” . With over 25 years of experience with multiple species in varying venues, Aimee has become an internationally recognized trainer and speaker specializing in shelter programs that reduce canine euthanasia, improve quality of life and enhance adoption matching efforts for sheltered dogs. The Playing for Life! Program is in increasing demand and has been introduced to over 55 shelters while supporting SASF in maintaining a Live Release Rate in excess of 95% as an open admission shelter! Aimee is a proud recipient of the Henry Bergh Leadership Award in 2011 and has been inducted into the Members Hall of Fame by the International Association of Canine Professionals in 2013.

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