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Maddie’s Shelter Medicine alumna honored as Veterinarian of the Year

Published: Oct 10th, 2019

Maddie’s Shelter Medicine Program alumna Dr. Katherine Polak was named 2019 Association of Shelter Veterinarians Veterinarian of the Year.

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Study: Dog transport and infectious disease risk

Published: May 15th, 2019

With an increase in international dog transport has come an increased risk of infectious disease.


Cambodian landmine detection organizations fight back against the dog meat trade

Published: Dec 4th, 2018

Thanks to the efforts of a UF Shelter Medicine alum, the Cambodian dog meat trade may be coming to an end. 

Indonesia dog meat market

Promising news on dog meat trade in Indonesia, reports shelter medicine alum

Published: May 1st, 2018

Sulawesi, a tropical Indonesian island east of Borneo, is home to world class scuba diving and beaches. It is also home to the infamous Tomohon Extreme Markets, previously listed on […]

Dr. Katherine Polak

International groups, UF shelter medicine alum, hold Vietnam summit to end dog meat trade in Asia

Published: Apr 10th, 2018

Animal advocates met in in Vietnam last month to discuss and develop a collaborative strategy to tackle the illegal trafficking of dogs to supply the nation’s brutal dog meat trade.

Thai street dog

Importing dogs for adoption: Can we make it work?

Published: Mar 14th, 2018

In a presentation at the 2018 VMX Veterinary Conference in Orlando, Fla., Maddie’s Shelter Medicine alum Dr. Katherine Polak spoke to the audience about the challenges of international adoptions.

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How an innovative program is helping change attitudes toward street dogs in Thailand

Published: Nov 30th, 2017

During her time at the Soi Dog Foundation in Thailand, Dr. Katherine Polak was involved with many animal welfare initiatives, particularly focusing on ending the cruel dog and cat meat trade.


UF shelter med alum helps create first ‘dog meat-free city’ in South Korea

Published: Oct 23rd, 2017

Maddie’s Shelter Medicine Program at UF alumn Dr. Katherine Polak has teamed up with local activist Nami Kim and Save Korean Dogs to help create the first ever dog meat-free city in all of Korea.