Is shelter medicine the pinnacle of veterinary practice? This intern thinks so
Some students come into veterinary school without knowing shelter medicine even exists. But for Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine graduate, Dr. Amelia Sikora, shelter medicine is all there’s ever been!
While in veterinary school at Ohio State University, Sikora took every shelter medicine elective she could find. “Dr. Jeanette O’Quin inspired me with her courses on the management of infectious diseases, shelter design, enrichment, forensics, and disaster response,” she said. “I took every one of them.”
Her passion for shelter medicine drove her to apply for the internship at UF. “I chose to do the internship at UF because they’re known to have one of the best shelter medicine programs in the country,” she said. “As a veterinarian I want to make a strong contribution to this field of medicine, and I want to help pull shelter medicine to the forefront and get people to realize what an important it is.
Dr. Jeanette O'Quin is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Veterinary Preventive Medicine, specializing in shelter animal health and wellness.
Read the full interview with Dr. Sikora at the University of Florida online here.