UA Veterinary program to partner with the Hermitage Cat Shelter

UA Veterinary program to partner with the Hermitage Cat Shelter

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Fourth year students with the University of Arizona Veterinary Medical and Surgical Program are teaming up with the Hermitage No-Kill Cat Shelter, to offer students clinical training in the area of medicine specific to cats.

Thanks to this new partnership students will get to experience the inner workings of a shelter environment and will learn how to deal with a range of feline-related issues including Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV),  Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLV), routine spay/neuter and dental procedures, according to a recent release.

Students will also learn about shelter operations, compassion fatigue and the No-Kill movement, said the release.

"I'm thrilled to be collaborating with the UA Veterinary Medical and Surgical Program," said Lee Bucyk, Executive Director of The Hermitage, in the release. "The program's three-tier paradigm which includes Human-Animal Interdependence; One-Health & Commerce is perfectly suited to our organization and will allow students access and understanding to everything that goes into running a successful shelter."

Courses will be provided year round, allowing students to complete 11 semester equivalents, as compared to 8 in other U.S. veterinary programs.

"Shelter environments like The Hermitage are unique and challenging settings for veterinary medicine," said Shane Burgess, UA vice president for veterinary sciences and Cooperative Extension, in the same release. "We want to provide our students with as large and diverse a caseload as possible during their clinical rotations so they are practice-ready when they graduate."

"This also provides students an understanding of how the non-profit sector can complement the for-profit sector in companion animal medicine and surgery," said Burgess.

The Veterinary Medical and Surgical Program is being developed within the UA College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

Pending accreditation from the AVMA, students will begin their courses in August of 2016.

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