Shelter Animal Medicine Clerkship
The Shelter Animal Medicine clerkship is an elective clinical rotation for junior and senior veterinary students at the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine. The service was started in 2003 under the direction of Dr. Natalie Isaza. We are part of the Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences. Our clinical service seeks to assist veterinary students in developing their basic surgical skills through service learning and community outreach.
This elective clinical rotation is designed to introduce students to the challenges of veterinary practice in both community and shelter environments, and to give experience in spay and neuter techniques of dogs, puppies, cats and kittens. Gone is the day where veterinarians are only utilized for their surgical abilities in a shelter; more and more shelters across the country are realizing the value of a highly skilled veterinarian in keeping the shelter population healthy.
We emphasize the importance of disease control in the shelter situation, review vaccination strategies for shelters, and discuss preventive medicine programs. Other topics to be discussed include the pet overpopulation crisis facing our community, treatment of heartworm disease, recognizing animal abuse and neglect, and the importance of community involvement in reducing the number of unwanted animals in our local shelters.
Thank you PetCo Foundation!!
Our Bully Breed Bailout grant helped sterilize 94 adult bully breed dogs in North Central Florida in only 7 months, far exceeding our goal of 80 dogs in 12 months.
Read more about this program in the May 2013 edition of The Veterinary Page.
Looking for volunteer opportunities? The Shelter Animal Medicine Clerkship periodically has volunteer positions available for undergraduate or pre-veterinary students. As positions become available information will be posted on this site…check back often!