Dr. Avnee Mistry is a current intern in shelter medicine at the University of Florida. She graduated from North Carolina State University this past May, after gaining externship experience with the ASPCA Spay/Neuter Alliance, her local Wake County animal shelter, and Operation Catnip of Raleigh. Her original time spent volunteering with Operation Catnip while earning her undergraduate degree at the University of Florida introduced her to the realm of community cat management, which inspired her to work further into shelter medicine. In her future career she wants to work to increase access to affordable veterinary care, combat barriers to shelter animal adoption such as breed stigmas, and continue to promote diversity in the veterinary profession.
George H. Hitchings New Investigator Award in Health Research2020 · Triangle Community Foundation
Annable Scholarship2018-2022 · North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine
Veterinary Scholars Program summer research student, North Carolina State University (May – August 2019): Studied interactions between swine influenza viruses and porcine primary lung immune cells through virus isolation, virus titration, qPCR and ELISA; learned about the current and future role of swine influenza in public health from a veterinary medicine perspective, and gained population health and infectious disease management knowledge. Prepared and presented research outcomes in poster form at the National Veterinary Scholars Symposium, and through oral presentation at the NCSU Annual CVM Research Forum.
Undergraduate Honors Thesis in Microbiology and Cell Sciences, University of Florida (June 2017- April 2018): Worked to develop a sandwich ELISA to detect black rhino L-ferritin; conducted dot blot analyses to detect peptide- antibody reactions; and successfully submitted written thesis paper to graduate with honors from the University of Florida.
- High quality high volume spay-neuter
- Humane community cat management
- Methods to increase access to veterinary care
- Shelter medicine
- combating breed stigmas
Doctor of Veterinary MedicineNorth Carolina State University
B.S. in Microbiology and Cell SciencesUniversity of Florida
Dr. Hannah Coenen is a current shelter medicine intern at the University of Florida. She graduated from Iowa State University in May of 2022. Originally from Colorado, her love for shelter medicine was fostered at the Fort Collins Cat Rescue where she decided that she wanted to pursue working with homeless animals as a veterinarian. Throughout veterinary school, she gained leadership experience as president of the Shelter Medicine Club, where she helped to develop and maintain multiple relationships with local shelters in the community. She is excited to be a part of the internship at UF, where surgery and medicine are taught at different shelters throughout the state. She hopes to pursue international shelter medicine at the end of her program, providing services to animals and communities in areas of high need.
Doctor of Veterinary MedicineIowa State University
Bachelor of ScienceColorado State University