2016 GLAWC Keynote Speaker: Dr. Kate Hurley


2016 GLAWC Keynote Speaker: Dr. Kate Hurley

GLAWC Speaker Feature: Kate Hurley, DVM Presenting Keynote Address and Two Sessions Providing Updates on the Million Cat Challenge

Dr. Hurley began her career as an animal control officer in 1989 at the Santa Cruz SPCA, a private shelter providing field and sheltering services. She enjoyed the job more than she ever could have imagined, especially the opportunity to help people take better care of their pets and to protect animals every day. Becoming a veterinarian seemed a logical way to continue serving both pets and people, and after six years, she left the Santa Cruz SPCA to attend the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine.

Dr. Hurley soon found she couldn’t tear herself away from shelter work, however, and after graduation from veterinary school in 1999, she immediately went to work as a shelter veterinarian. Dr. Hurley loved that job, too, but in 2001, she couldn’t resist the opportunity to return to UC Davis to become the first in the world to undertake a residency in Shelter Medicine. Following completion of the residency,
Dr. Hurley became the director of the UC Davis Koret Shelter Medicine Program.

Two of Dr. Hurley’s proudest achievements are co-authoring the “Association of Shelter Veterinarians’ Guidelines for Standards of Care in Animal Shelters” and co-editing the textbook “Infectious Disease Management in Animal Shelters.” She also co-authored the first-ever vaccine guidelines specifically for shelter dogs and cats.

Most recently, in partnership with Dr. Julie Levy at the University of Florida Maddie’s Shelter Medicine Program, she helped launch the Million Cat Challenge, a campaign to save one million cats in North American shelters over the five year period from 2014-2019.

Dr. Hurley’s research interests include welfare of confined dogs and cats, humane and effective strategies to manage community cats, and infectious disease (especially strategies for prevention). She will always love shelter work because it has the potential to improve the lives of so many animals and the people who work so hard to care for them.

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