Dr. Kathleen Makolinski Named LMU Clinical Instructor and Shelter Veterinarian

July 10, 2018
By: Gina Browning, Chief Communications Officer

The SPCA Serving Erie County welcomes longtime associate and supporter Kathleen Makolinski, DVM, DABVP (shelter medicine practice) as Lincoln Memorial University (LMU) College of Veterinary Medicine clinical instructor and shelter veterinarian.

Dr. Makolinski will oversee fourth-year LMU veterinary students on their shelter medicine rotation at the SPCA’s West Seneca, NY location. The SPCA announced a five-year partnership with the university earlier this spring (see the full story on the partnership between LMU and the SPCA here).

“It’s very exciting to work with veterinary students on their journey to become better veterinarians,” said Dr. Makolinski. “I believe this is a wonderful opportunity to share shelter medicine concepts and to help the students improve their surgical skills while increasing their empathy and compassion towards animals in our shelters.”

This is not the first time Dr. Makolinski has worked with the SPCA. She has been associated with the humane society for decades working as a relief veterinarian and helping to establish various animal programs in our community.

“This seemed like a logical next step, working with students who will soon be the ones caring for our animals, helping them to understand the differences between shelter medicine and a general practice,” Dr. Makolinski added. “Even if shelter medicine isn’t ultimately a chosen career, they’ll have a better understanding of the challenges of shelter medicine and will hopefully assist shelters in facing those challenges in the future.”

Dr. Makolinski, third from right, and LMU students
Dr. Makolinski, third from right, and LMU students with 11-month-old Sakura