Speaker Biographies

Image: Kate Hurley DVM, MPVM

Kate Hurley DVM, MPVM

Kate Hurley is the director of the UC Davis Koret Shelter Medicine Program. Dr. Hurley began her career as an animal control officer in 1989. After graduation from the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine in 1999, Dr. Hurley worked as a shelter veterinarian in California and Wisconsin. In 2001, she returned to UC Davis to complete a residency in Shelter Medicine.

Following completion of the residency, Hurley became the director of the UC Davis Koret shelter medicine program. Hurley has authored numerous publications related to shelter medicine, including 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. Her interests include population health and infectious disease, with a particular emphasis on feline upper respiratory infection. She loves shelter work because it has the potential to improve the lives of so many animals.

Michelle Amtower, DVM

Dr. Amtower graduated from West Virginia University in 1987 with a B.S. in Animal and Veterinary Science, and the Ohio State University in 1990 with a DVM. She started in spay/neuter and shelter work in 1993 in Greenville, SC, helped with Humane Alliance's opening in 1994, worked relief at Humane Alliance through the '90s and made the move to Asheville and Humane Alliance in 2002.

Images: Jane Sykes, BVSc(Hons), PhD, DACVIM

Jane Sykes, BVSc(Hons), PhD, DACVIM

Jane Sykes is a Professor of Small Animal Internal Medicine at the University of California, Davis. She has a special interest in small animal infectious diseases, and has coauthored over 50 publications on the subject. She is co-founder of the International Society for Companion Animal Infectious Diseases. Her research interests include canine and feline hemotropic mycoplasma infections, tick-borne infectious diseases, leptospirosis, antimicrobial resistance and deep mycoses of dogs and cats.

Image: Niels Pedersen, DVM, PhD

Niels Pedersen, DVM, PhD

Dr. Pedersen is a 1967 graduate of UC Davis SVM and completed an internship in small animal medicine and surgery at Colorado State University. After a very brief stint in private practice in Hollywood, he enrolled in the John Curtin School of Medical Research, Australian National University, Canberra, and completed his PhD in Experimental Pathology and Immunology in 1972. He returned to UC Davis at that time and has remained at Davis ever since.

Dr. Pedersen spent 17 years in the clinics, specializing in feline medicine, feline infectious diseases and immunologic diseases of dogs. He taught courses in small animal infectious diseases, clinical immunology and feline medicine for 25 years. Dr. Pedersen is currently Director of the Center for Companion Animal Health and the Veterinary Genetics Laboratory and has earned the rank of distinguished professor. He continues to be active in research on feline infectious peritonitis and on the genetics of immune diseases in dogs.

Lisa Franck, DVM

After graduating from the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine in 2008, Dr. Franck was employed as a shelter veterinarian at the Peninsula Humane Society and SPCA where she gained her initial interest in rabbit shelter care and rescue. She is currently working in the San Francisco Bay Area as an associate veterinarian at Bel Marin Animal Hospital and Alto Tiburon Veterinary Hospital. Dr. Franck has a special interest in rabbit medicine and spends time volunteering with the Saveabunny Rabbit Rescue in Mill Valley where she assists with exams, treatments, and socialization. Dr. Franck also works with various feline organizations. Dr. Franck's special interests also include behavior, oncology, shelter medicine and feline medicine.