Video Length: 22 minutes
Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) is a viral infection of cats. Although the prevalence is low, it is still a concern for homeless cats in shelters. Listen to Dr. Nicole Putney, Maddie's® Intern in Shelter Medicine at Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine present FIV Testing in Shelters: Why, Who and When?
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Dr. Putney graduated from the University of Washington in 2006 with a Bachelor's of Science in Biology. She then went on to complete her DVM at Washington State University. After pursuing interests in specialties such as dermatology, ophthalmology, and pathology, she found her place in the field of shelter medicine, currently as Maddie's® Intern in Shelter Medicine at Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine. In addition to her passion for shelter medicine and animal advocacy, every summer she can be found volunteering with HSVMA Field Services (formerly known as RAVS), providing free veterinary care and education to under-served, rural communities. She also has a particular interest in the animal shelter's role in veterinary education and enjoys working with students to further their interests in shelter medicine. As much as she misses the West Coast, she also enjoys the numerous yoga studios and cross-country skiing of Ithaca. Most nights she can be found struggling to leash-train her two dogs, Smokey, a 10-year-old curmudgeonly pug, and Olive, a spirited 3 year-old lab/heeler mix. She also shares her home with three ungrateful cats.