May 2014 by Katherine Polak, DVM, MPH, MS, DACVMP
Audience: Veterinary Team
Video Length: 69 minutes
Animal hoarders often accumulate animals in over-crowded conditions without adequate nutrition, sanitation and veterinary care. As a result, animals seized from hoarding situations frequently suffer from a variety of medical conditions including enteric and respiratory infections, retroviruses, dermatophytosis, malnutrition and other evidence of neglect. Dr. Katherine Polak explores the results from a retrospective study characterizing the infectious diseases carried by clinically affected cats from four large-scale cat hoarding investigations in this presentation given at the University of Florida's 7th Annual Maddie’s® Shelter Medicine Conference.
- Identify infectious disease prevalence rates in cats from hoarding investigations.
- Learn how to prepare for the mass treatment of infectious disease in a temporary shelter.
- Understand how to develop and implement protocols to prevent transmission of feline or zoonotic infections during the emergency response and when transferring rescued cats to other shelters or to adopters.
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Katherine Polak, DVM
Dr. Katherine Polak is the Senior Resident in Shelter Medicine for Maddie's® Shelter medicine Program at the University of Florida. Her research and clinical interests focus on the health and welfare of animals in shelters, disaster response, international trap/neuter/return programs and feline infectious diseases. She graduated magna cum laude from Iowa State University's College of Veterinary Medicine and completed a shelter medicine and surgery internship at Colorado State University. She also has completed a Master of Public Health degree from the University of Iowa and is currently finishing a Master of Forensic Science degree from the University of Florida.