Katherine C Polak

Katherine C Polak, DVM, MPH, MS, DACVPM, DABVP

Adjunct Lecturer In Shelter Medicine

Department: Small Animal Clinical Sciences
Business Phone: (630) 932-7283
Business Email: polakk@ufl.edu

About Katherine C Polak

Dr. Katherine Polak is the Head of Stray Animal Care – Southeast Asia for FOUR PAWS International, a global animal welfare organization working to end the suffering of wild, stray, and farm animals. Dr. Polak currently manages the FOUR PAWS companion animal programs in Southeast Asia, with a special focus on combating the cruel dog and cat meat trade. A specialist in both Shelter Medicine and Veterinary Preventive Medicine, her focus is on veterinary training, high-quality high-volume spay/neuter programs, and organizational capacity building. She works closely FOUR PAWS’ partner organizations in Cambodia, Indonesia, Vietnam, and Thailand to create a strong network of stray animal care programs in the region. In 2018, Dr. Polak became the Medical Director for the Humane Society of the United States Spayathon for Puerto Rico.

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Teaching Profile

Courses Taught
2020-2022
VME6939 Topics in International Shelter Medicine
2017-2019
VME6811 Shelter Animal Physical Health
2011-2013
VEM5890 Consult in Shelter Me
2011-2012
VEM5891 Shelter Animal Med

Board Certifications

  • Board certification in Shelter Medicine Practice
    American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine
  • Board certification in Shelter Medicine Practice
    American Board of Veterinary Practitioners

Publications

2019
Dog Transport and Infectious Disease Risk: An International Perspective
The Veterinary clinics of North America. Small animal practice. 49(4):599-613 [DOI] 10.1016/j.cvsm.2019.02.003. [PMID] 30967255.
2018
Field Manual for Small Animal Medicine
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2014
Animal shelters: managing heartworms in resource-scarce environments.
Veterinary parasitology. 206(1-2):78-82 [DOI] 10.1016/j.vetpar.2014.03.023. [PMID] 24731382.
2014
Infectious diseases in large-scale cat hoarding investigations.
Veterinary journal (London, England : 1997). 201(2):189-95 [DOI] 10.1016/j.tvjl.2014.05.020. [PMID] 24934262.

Education

Master of Science in Forensic Science
2014 · University of Florida
Residency in Shelter Medicine
2014 · University of Florida
Internship in Shelter Medicine and Surgery
2011 · Colorado State University
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
2010 · Iowa State University
Master of Public Health
2010 · University of Iowa

Contact Details

Phones:
Business:
(630) 932-7283
Emails:
Business:
polakk@ufl.edu
Addresses:
Business Mailing:
2015 SW 16TH AVE
GAINESVILLE FL 32608
Business Street:
2015 SW 16TH AVE
GAINESVILLE FL 32608