May 2014 by Katherine Polak, DVM, MPH, MS, DACVPM

Audience: Veterinary Team

Video Length: 14 minutes

Dr. Katherine Polak, Maddie's® Shelter Medicine Resident at the University of Florida, discusses research on the efficacy of synthetic FIS, or feline interdigital semiochemicals, which may be useful as a preventative measure for inappropriate scratching behavior. This presentation was part of the University of Florida's 7th Annual Maddie's® Shelter Medicine Conference.

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Katherine Polak, DVM, MPH, MS, DACVPM

Dr. Polak's 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 a Master of Forensic Science degree from the University of Florida. Dr. Polak is currently Director of Animal Welfare for Soi Dog Foundation in Phuket, Thailand.