Professor of Shelter Medicine
Dr. Julie Levy is a professor of shelter medicine at the University of Florida. She focuses on the health and welfare of animals in shelters, feline infectious diseases and humane alternatives for cat population control. She is the founder of Operation Catnip, a nonprofit universitybased community cat trapneuterreturn program that has spayed or neutered and vaccinated more than 55,000 cats in Gainesville, Florida, since 1998. In 2008, Julie joined Dr. Cynda Crawford to found Maddies Shelter Medicine Program at the College of Veterinary Medicine, an educational and discovery initiative with a global impact on the care of homeless animals. In 2014, she joined Dr. Kate Hurley to launch the Million Cat Challenge, a shelterbased campaign to save a million cats in shelters across North America. For the past two years, Julie has worked with animal shelters to better understand diagnosis, management and outcomes in FeLVpositive shelter cats. In 2018, she was proud to be appointed as the lead researcher for Spayathon for Puerto Rico, an unprecedented campaign to spay or neuter 85,000 cats and dogs on the island.