Dr. Kate Hurley

Director

Dr. Kate Hurley

Dr. Kate Hurley began her career as an animal control officer in 1989. After graduation from the University of California, Davis (UC Davis), School of Veterinary Medicine in 1999, she worked as a shelter veterinarian for two years before returning to UC Davis to become the first person in the world to undertake a residency in shelter medicine. Following completion of the residency, Kate remained at UC Davis to become the Director of the Koret Shelter Medicine Program. Her interests include the welfare of confined dogs and cats, humane and effective strategies to manage community cats, humane and effective strategies for workflow management and work-life balance for shelter leaders, and one-eyed orange cats and unusually short dogs. Her proudest achievements include co-authoring “The Association of Shelter Veterinarians’ Guidelines for Standards of Care in Animal Shelters,” co-editing the textbook “Infectious Disease Management in Animal Shelters” and co-creating the Million Cat Challenge, the world’s largest feline lifesaving campaign. Kate loves shelter work because it has the potential to improve the lives of so many animals and the people who care for them.