The UC Davis Koret Shelter Medicine Program



The KSMP team is pleased to announce the launch of the UC Davis Virtual Consulant, an online self-evaluation tool available FREE, 24/7, to help your shelter assess it’s policies, practices and procedures.  11 modules cover all the basics of shelter operations and include links to additional resources and information easily accessible to shelter staff, veterinarians, and volunteers.  Sign in  and save lives! CLICK HERE

About Us:

Millions of animals die in shelters each year, often as a result of preventable illnesses. This doesn't have to happen. Something as simple as a missed vaccine or dirty cage can mean the difference between life and death for a homeless animal. At the UC Davis Koret Shelter Medicine program, we use veterinary science to protect the health of shelter animals so that more survive to find lifelong homes. We accomplish this goal by:

  •  Training veterinary students, veterinarians and shelter professionals in all aspects of shelter medicine
  •  Consulting directly with shelter veterinarians and managers to improve animal care and health
  •  Conducting research into the most pressing issues affecting shelter animals

The UC-Davis Koret Shelter Medicine Program is a privately funded program that operates solely on generous contributions by people like you.To make a tax-deductible donation, please click the link on the right. Thank you for your support - we wouldn't be here without you!

About our website:


If this is your first time here, please take a look around. We have hundreds of pages of information sheets, "frequently asked questions", and articles to help you take better care of shelter animals. Information pages, FAQs and references can be found under the shelter health portal, while lectures and upcoming continuing education events are under the education tab. As a nifty new feature, we've added related links and resources to the right of many pages. For instance, an information sheet on parvo might have a related lecture, some pertinent FAQs, and an article or two to expand on the basic information in the "info sheet." We hope you find these additional resources helpful. Also new is the opportunity to "become a member," which will allow us to keep you current on breaking news and newly added information on this website. Finally, don't forget to visit us on Facebook - you don't have to be a Facebook member to peruse our page and catch up on what's new with our program.