SHS Welcomes Dr. Kerstin
By Phil Snyder, Executive Director Suncoast Humane Society
It is exceptionally important that humane societies with a spay/neuter clinic, or in the case of Suncoast Humane Society a preventive healthcare clinic, employ highly skilled veterinarians with shelter medicine experience. This is exactly the case with Dr. Kerstin Martin del Campo, who has joined the team at Suncoast Humane Society as staff veterinarian. “Dr. Kerstin” has practiced shelter medicine while working for humane societies in Georgia for over 10 years. She has also practiced small-animal medicine for several years at private veterinary hospitals.
Dr. Kerstin holds a DVM degree from the University of Georgia and a BS in biology (with honors) from the University of Missouri. She is also a graduate of the Humane Alliance Veterinarian Training program in North Carolina, well known for their model spay/neuter training for shelter veterinarians. Dr. Kerstin recently stated, “I am so excited to be part of this awesome organization. Along with the outstanding staff, I intend to help us grow to become even bigger and better, while continuing to serve our wonderful community.”
In addition to directing the medical team that oversees the wellness program for homeless animals during their temporary stay at Suncoast Humane Society, Dr. Kerstin directs the Preventive Health Care Clinic. This includes providing affordable spay/neuter, for pets belonging to the public. The service alone helps the nonprofit animal care organization to comply with their mission of “reducing the number of homeless animals and improving their quality of life.”
Spaying/neutering is the main ingredient to reducing the pet overpopulation problem. It saves lives by not allowing dogs and cats to be born, only to become sad statistics in animal shelters. Other preventive healthcare services provided by the clinic are essential to keeping pets healthy and happy, including vaccinations, deworming, heartworm testing and microchipping. So far this year, Suncoast Humane Society has spay/neutered nearly 550 pets for the public, while providing current vaccinations for over 4,600.
While Suncoast Humane Society’s Preventive Health Care Clinic does provide these important but limited services, it is strongly recommended that all pet owners also establish a relationship with a full-service veterinary clinic that is able to provide all the medical services your pet may require throughout his/her life. These important public services are made possible only through the generosity and continued support of Suncoast Humane Society donors. To make a donation, or to inquire about these and other services provided by Suncoast Humane Society, please call 941-474 7884 or visit the website at humane.org.