Narrator: This is Science Today. A groundbreaking shelter medicine program at the University of California, Davis' School of Veterinary Medicine strives to improve the care of cats and dogs in animal shelters. Kate Hurley, who directs Maddie's Shelter Medicine Program, which was established in the year 2000, says before this program, veterinary medicine didn't have a field that specifically focused on or taught how to care for animals in shelters.
Hurley: In terms of shelter medicine, that field includes obviously infectious disease, control, with an emphasis on prevention. So, how do you use vaccination? How do you clean? What's the best nutritional program to prevent disease? We and other researchers at UC Davis are investigating a lot of those areas right now.
Narrator: This is the first program of its kind and it was the first to offer residency training for graduate veterinarians and to have a shelter-focused research program.
Hurley: So there's been an enormous increase and interest in shelter medicine in the last, probably five years, but especially I think since this program started.
For Science Today, I'm Larissa Branin.