Completed Projects

Sharing Knowledge & Improving Outcomes

One of our program’s priorities is to share new knowledge with our colleagues in the field, in order to improve understanding and outcomes for pets in shelters. Read on to learn more about some of our past research.

Reference interval for rectal temperature in healthy confined adult cats

Authors: J.K. Levy, K.R. Nutt, S.J. Tucker

Commonly used normal temperature range for healthy cats doesn’t match research findings.

Prevalence of upper respiratory pathogens in four management models for unowned cats

Authors: C.M. McManus, J.K. Levy, L.A. Andersen, S.P. McGorray, C.M. Leutenegger, L.K. Gray, J. Hilligas, S.J. Tucker

Cats are remarkably susceptible to upper respiratory infections (URI). How can the transmission of the infections best be managed?

Infectious diseases in dogs rescued during dogfighting investigations

Authors: S.H. Cannon, J.K. Levy, S.K. Kirk, P.C. Crawford, C.M. Leutenegger, J.J. Shuster, J. Liu, R. Chandrashekar

Babesia gibsoni, hemotropic mycoplasmas, and anemia are common in dogs in fighting operations. They should not be blood donors due to the risk of transmission.

Antibody Detection for Parvovirus and Distemper Virus

Lead researcher: Lauren Gray

This study was designed to evaluate two tests for detecting antibodies against canine parvovirus and canine distemper virus, in the hopes if evaluating individual dogs’ risk of contracting disease.

Cats Can Wear Collars!

Lead researcher: Lauren Unger

The objective of this study was to determine the success of two cat identification methods: collars and microchips.

Diva Test PlateDevelopment of a DIVA Test Strategy for Canine Influenza

Lead researcher: Dr. Tara Anderson

The objective of this study was to develop a diagnostic test strategy that can differentiate dogs infected with canine influenza virus from vaccinated dogs.

GNRHGnRH Immunocontraception for Humane Control of Feral Cats

Lead researcher: John Friary

The purpose of this study was to investigate the effectiveness of a GnRH-based vaccine for contraception in female cats.

Canine InfluenzaInfluenza Virus Infection in Dogs in Shelters

Lead researcher: Dr. Cynda Crawford

The primary objective of this study was to determine the prevalence of canine influenza virus as a causative agent of respiratory infections in dogs in Florida shelters.

Maddie’s® Outdoor Cat Project

Lead researchers: Dr. Julie Levy and Dr. Natalie Isaza

Beginning in February 2006 and continuing for a two-year time frame, the team focused on controlling the stray cat population in a single zip code through increased TNR, adoption of friendly kittens, and complaint mediation.


Cleon Hendricks and Dr. Julie Levy

Tail Vaccinations in Cats: Balancing disease protection and cancer treatment

Lead researcher: Dr. Julie Levy

Researchers with Maddie’s® Shelter Medicine Program and the University of Florida have discovered an alternative to a widely accepted vaccination protocol in cats that could literally move the needle for feline cancer treatment.


Completed Projects 2011 and Earlier