Unlocking Humane Solutions to Animal Welfare Problems

Our experienced faculty members explore the big issues for Shelter Medicine. Study ideas almost always arise as problems animal welfare workers are encountering in the field. We also rely on these shelter partners as priceless sources of data from the frontlines and appreciate their contribution to creating a better world for pets and the people who love them.

Our studies include the discovery of new diseases, treatments that are better and more cost-effective, faster and more accurate diagnosis, safer anesthesia and surgery, upscaling spay/neuter programs, improving pet adoption success, and enhancing positive outcomes for the most vulnerable animals, such as cats with FeLV or FIP and dogs living through distemper outbreaks.

Our strategy is to identify emerging threats early, then put together study designs that discover the cause and solutions simultaneously. When needed, we’ll bring in expert collaborators from across the country and tap into the energy of our advanced trainees and veterinary students. Our accelerated approach leads to solutions that are immediately practical, affordable, and effective in the field where they are needed.

Research Priorities Confronting critical threats to animal welfare

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Current Studies Active studies with ongoing data collection and analysis

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Research Archive Search all publications from the UF Shelter Medicine Program

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