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Katherine Polak, DVM, MPH, DACVPM

Katherine Polak is a veterinarian working to improve animal welfare in Southeast Asia and in limited-resource communities around the world. She directs the Southeast Asia stray animal care program for FOUR PAWS International and manages a variety of companion animal programs in Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam and Indonesia, with a focus on combating the dog and cat meat trade in the region. She also serves as faculty at the University of Florida and in 2018 became the medical director for the Humane Society of the United States Spayathon™ for Puerto Rico.

Content by Katherine Polak, DVM, MPH, DACVPM

  • Magazine Article

    Out of the shelter, into the field

    Medical personnel from FOUR PAWS International place a jugular catheter in an abandoned calf in Indonesia.

    Applying best practices to help animals in limited-resource environments

    Providing veterinary care in underresourced overseas locations is a daunting challenge—particularly after a natural disaster strikes. A new field guide helps practitioners provide humane treatment despite less-than-ideal facilities, equipment and medications.

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