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.

Board Certifications

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


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

Contact Details

(630) 932-7283