Amie Burling’s shelter medicine journey started her first week at the MU College of Veterinary Medicine when she adopted Panda, a behavior-challenged border collie, from a local shelter. Since then, Burling and Panda have moved together across five states, and Burling has gained experience in general practice, high-volume spay/neuter and shelter medicine.
She recently completed a residency at the University of Florida’s Maddie’s Shelter Medicine Program, which involved intensive training in the medical, behavioral and husbandry needs of animals in shelters around the country.
Now, Burling and Panda are thrilled to be home in Columbia with the opportunity to give back to MU and the community. Burling is also completing a master’s degree in public health with a concentration in epidemiology, and she is pursuing board certification in the shelter medicine practice specialty of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners. Her professional interests include infectious disease prevention, behavioral welfare, public health and increasing the speed of adoption for shelter animals.
In her free time, Burling enjoys reading and hiking with Panda.
Sandy Briesacher moved to Columbia in 1976 and lives with her dogs, cats and chickens in the woods of northern Boone County. For many years, she has been fortunate to be employed in two of her favorite areas: entomology and veterinary medicine. She has been practicing veterinary medicine since 1994 and has been working with the Shelter Medicine Program since July 2015.