Meet Our Alumni
Maddie’s® Shelter Medicine Program is pleased to introduce some of our alumni who hold Graduate and Professional Certificates in Shelter Medicine.
Eighty-two veterinary students and professional veterinarians, including those featured on this page, have enhanced their skills by completing a comprehensive shelter medicine curriculum through our online and on-campus certificate programs. The hard work and dedication required to complete these rigorous programs has enabled our certificate recipients to reinforce their knowledge as professional veterinarians or learn the tools to start a new career in the expanding field of shelter medicine. Read on to meet some of our amazing alumni.
Read below to learn more about just a few of our graduate certificate recipients:
Dr. Jim Bader
My name is Jim Bader. I am a veterinarian- practice owner in Holland Michigan where I live with my wife, four children and numerous pets. My practice assists with animal adoption and rescue. My wife and I manage a 501c3 adoption group. My practice performs discounted veterinary services to about fifteen other adoption groups. We also assist local law enforcement with potential animal neglect and cruelty cases. I travel several times a year to Guatemala to bring Veterinary Supplies and provide free Veterinary services to groups, individuals and a wildlife organization. My family or staff members accompany me on these excursions. We organize mostly spay neuter clinics, but also focus on wellness education including vaccines and heartworm prevention. My other interests include cooking, travel and Pre-Columbian and American history. The photo is taken at Little Round Top at Gettysburg.
Dr. Rachel Barton
After graduating from Michigan State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine in 1999, I began my veterinary career as an associate veterinarian at a small animal hospital where I worked for seven years. While I enjoyed private practice, I always felt I had more to give my community. In 2006, I had a wonderful opportunity to move into the newly emerging field of shelter medicine by becoming the City of Tallahassee’s first veterinarian with Tallahassee Animal Services, an open-admission municipal shelter in Florida. Through the years, I have also had the privilege to work with the ASPCA’s Field Investigations and Response Team, assisting with a variety of cases. I have found my true calling and take my role as a shelter veterinarian seriously. I have thoroughly enjoyed being a part of the University of Florida’s Shelter Medicine Certificate Program. It has expanded my knowledge of the field, and, ultimately, improve the quality of care that I am able to provide the animals in my care.
Kelsey Bertamus Ruth
Kelsey Bertamus Ruth is a senior veterinary student at the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine, her special interests include shelter medicine, small animal nutrition, behavior and urology. She completed her undergraduate degree in Biology and Environmental Policy at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL. Kelsey currently resides in Minneapolis, MN with her husband, ferret, and two cats. In her spare time, Kelsey enjoys running, hiking, gardening and spending time with family & friends.
Dr. Frank Bossong
Dr. Frank Bossong is an active leader in shelter medicine in the Southern California area. In 2009 he joined the faculty at the College of Veterinary Medicine at Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, California to assist the college in expanding and improving its curriculum in one of its goals, shelter medicine. Dr. Bossong developed a fourth-year Shelter Medicine Rotation with the support of a grant from PetSmart Charities Veterinary College Spay/Neuter Surgery Program. He led the effort to add a second mobile clinic, referred to as VACS II (Veterinary Ambulatory Community Service Vehicle) which expanded student surgical and shelter medicine training. He recently completed the Graduate Certificate in Shelter Medicine Program at the University of Florida with the support of the Maddie’s Online Certificate in Shelter Medicine Scholarship through the ASPCA. Dr. Bossong began his career in general practice in California after graduating from the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Georgia in 2001. In 2005 he pursued his long time interest in Shelter Medicine by accepting the position of staff veterinarian at the San Gabriel Valley Humane Society in San Gabriel, California. He remains a committed member of the Board of Directors.
Dr. Victoria Boyd Kyle
Dr. Boyd Kyle attended the Pennsylvania State University before obtaining her veterinary degree from the University of Tennessee. She worked with all sorts of animals in private practice and at the local zoo before completing a postdoctoral fellowship and Masters degree in Comparative Medicine at Penn State. That led to a research career in vaccine development where she worked closely with animals shelters during clinical trials. For the past 10 years, the major focus of her relief practice has been Shelter Medicine and High Quality High Volume Spay and Neuter surgery.
She completed the Maddie’s® Graduate Certificate in Shelter Medicine at the University of Florida and has served as a moderator for the Association of Shelter Veterinarians listserv. Her two passions are making veterinary care available and affordable and community cat management. Within the shelter, her focus is emotional wellness and enrichment.
Vickie only recently moved back to Pennsylvania. She shares her home with her younger son, several cats, a rabbit, and her wonderful dog, Ricky. Both her children share her love of animals and the outdoors!
Dr. Heather Campbell
Dr. Heather Campbell is a 2013 graduate of the University of Florida’s College of Veterinary Medicine. Prior to veterinary school, Heather received a bachelor’s degree in Animal Biology from the University of Florida as well.
She is currently the Shelter Veterinarian at SPCA Tampa Bay in Largo, Florida. She is responsible for managing all the animals housed at the shelter, including dogs, cats, rabbits, ferrets, rodents, goats, and exotic homeless pets. Heather also mentors shelter medicine externs in surgery, medicine, and shelter management from the University of Florida and other veterinary schools across the country.
Dr. Campbell enrolled in the Maddie’s Shelter Medicine Certificate program during veterinary school and graduated with her DVM, MPH, and Certificate in Shelter Medicine.
Dr. Karyn Carlson
Dr. Karyn Carlson graduated from the University of Prince Edward Island’s Atlantic Veterinary College in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island in Canada in 2014. She is a native of Tucson, AZ and returned there to complete a small animal general rotating internship at Veterinary Specialty Center of Tucson. Volunteering for shelters and rescue groups has been a huge part of her life since her teenage years and she attended veterinary school with the plan to pursue a career in shelter medicine. Once she completes her internship, she hopes to start her career with a position at a local shelter or with a veterinary hospital that serves a low income population or has a large case load of rescue or shelter animals. Currently, she resides with her fiancé, Justin, who also works in sheltering and animal welfare and their 5 dogs.
I am currently a student at Ross University, Class of 2016. I received my BS at NCSU and went on to get a Master’s Certificate in Nonprofit Management. Before starting at Ross, I spent four years working at the Wake County SPCA and Saving Lives S/N Clinic. My passion for shelter medicine has been furthered through my leadership of the university’s shelter club, PAWS, and by serving as a board member for the island’s soon-to-be first ever animal shelter. I am pictured here with a cat named Mimi, who prompted PAWS to start accepting FIV+ cats into our adoption program. I am excited to help more pets just like Mimi get into the homes they deserve and follow my dream of becoming a shelter veterinarian.
Dr. Kimbery Carter
Dr. Kimberly D. Carter, DVM, is presently employed at Oklahoma’s State University teaching shelter medicine and junior surgery techniques, foster cats and kittens for Stillwater animal welfare and humane society of Stillwater.
Dr. Elena Contreras-Menakis
Dr. Elena Contreras-Menakis is the current Small Animal Shelter Medicine/Surgery Intern at Colorado State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital. She also recently earned Maddie’s Graduate Certificate in Shelter Medicine, from the University of Florida. Dr. Contreras-Menakis received her DVM from Ross University in May 2013. During her clinical year of vet school, she completed externships and rotations at: Best Friends Animal Society, Oregon Humane Society, Idaho Humane Society, as well as participated in UF’s Community Cat Management course. During vet school, she was the President of both the student chapter of the Association of Shelter Veterinarians and local non-profit group, People for Animal Welfare on St. Kitts. Prior to vet school, she worked at a local humane society in Montana and at a ranch/sanctuary for blind, deaf, and neurologically impaired cats, dogs and horses. Before changing careers to veterinary medicine, she received her MS in Ecology in 2006 from Colorado State University. Her current research and veterinary interests include shelter population data trends, amputees and orthopedic compromise, multi-species obsessive-compulsive disorder, dermatology advancements, and spay and neuter research.
Dr. Candie Corriher
Dr. Candie Corriher is a 1995 graduate of N.C. State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. She currently splits her time between small animal private practice at The Village Vet in Damascus, OR and animal shelter work at the Humane Society for Southwest Washington (HSSW) in Vancouver, WA. Prior to HSSW, she spent two years working at a cats-only animal shelter and doing spay/neuter relief work for Humane Alliance based clinics in Oregon. She can often be found doing spay/neuter volunteer work for the Feral Cat Coalition of Oregon in Portland, OR. She is a co-founder and past President of the Association of Medical Professionals with Hearing Losses (AMPHL).
Dr. Kathleen Croy
I enjoyed being part of the UF Maddie’s Shelter Medicine Program, a Merial Research Scholar on a shelter medicine topic, and a foster parent to usually 1 or 2 tiny kittens. My first veterinary experience came working in a shelter when I was 14 years old, and I haven’t stopped. Shelter medicine always reminds me of the first theme in ‘A Tale of Two Cities’, which is “Recalled to Life.” It covers the idea that just because something is breathing, doesn’t mean they are living. In shelters, you taken often broken animals who are merely breathing, do your best to heal them and find them loving homes. Being part of that process to give these animals chance to live as a loved pet is the greatest honor. I am excited go out into the world and continue to use the knowledge I have gained through my Maddie’s training to improve the lives of shelter pets.
Dr. Aimee Dalrymple
Dr. Dalrymple works with cat and dog rescue organizations in the Boston Metrowest area. She graduated from the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine in 1995 and worked in a variety of settings (private practice, emergency, relief work) before finding her way to shelter medicine. She enjoys the variety and challenges of working in this field, and is continually inspired by the human-animal bond.
Dr. Rosario Delagado-Lecaroz
I am a mixed animal veterinarian from Upton, MA. I work mainly with sheep, goats and small animals. I graduated from Tufts Veterinary School in 1997 and completed two internships; one in large animal Production Medicine at Cornell Veterinary School and a second in small animal medicine and surgery at Veterinary Specialists of CT. I currently dedicate my time between farm calls, house calls and shelter medicine. I run spay and neuter clinics once to twice a month for owned and feral cats. I strongly believe the Certificate in Shelter Medicine has made a positive impact in my ability to understand and work with the challenges shelters and local rescue organizations encounter. My intention is to help animals and to assist those that dedicate their lives to helping them. I find my shelter work to be tremendously satisfying since I know I am making a positive difference for animal lives as well as in good hearted people lives.
Dr. Lena DeTar
My first shelter experience was volunteering to walk dogs in college, when, for the first time, I was dogless (what a horrible affliction!). I got my first shelter job 2 months into vet school, working as a vet services tech for the Animal Humane Society in MN. It didn’t take long before I was hooked. I did my best to design an education suited for shelter life at UMN, difficult in 2005 when shelter medicine was just barely a thing. By the time I graduated in 2009, the first shelter residencies were being announced. I worked at low-cost clinics and as a shelter vet for 4 years before managing to get one of my own. I am now happily established as a bona fide Shelter Medicine Resident through Oregon State at the Oregon Humane Society in Portland, where I live with two rescue dogs of my own.
Dr. Mary-Elizabeth Ellard
Mary-Elizabeth Ellard is a native Atlantan. She majored in religion and zoology at Duke University. She spent many pre-dawn and dusk hours at the Duke Primate Center studying the loud calls of lemurs. Her graduate research focused on dominance and aggression in Belgian draft horses. Dr. Ellard graduated from UGA with an MS in Veterinary Anatomy in 1987 and a DVM in 1992. She did her externship at ZooAtlanta. After almost twenty years in private practice in Atlanta, Dr. Ellard shifted her focus Atlanta area animal shelters. She currently serves as the veterinarian for Atlanta Pet Rescue and Adoption, provides spay/neuter services for Lifeline Animal Project and continues private practice relief services on the side. She deeply appreciates UFL’s Maddie’s Center for the excellent resources they provide shelter veterinarians. Dr. Ellard served on the board of the Greater Atlanta Veterinary Medical Society. She loves to cook and hike with her husband, Bill. She serves on the board of the Georgia Battlefields Association and speaks on veterinary medicine during the American Civil War. The Ellards live in the heart of Atlanta with their cat, Annabelle.
Dr. Lucy Fuller
I am a shelter veterinarian at an open-admissions shelter, Charleston Animal Society, in Charleston, South Carolina. We have recently achieved No-Kill status after many years of having to euthanize animals, so we are excited by this progress but very busy! I received my BS from Clemson University in 2005 and my DVM from the University of Georgia in 2008. I came to work here in Charleston in 2008 and fell in love with shelter medicine. After learning all I could through online resources and conferences, I was excited to learn about the UF Shelter Medicine certificate program. I earned my Shelter Medicine Certificate in 2013, which is very exciting–I’m even more excited for the possibility of shelter medicine being declared an official specialty. At my shelter, I am in charge of the spay/neuter, outreach, and anti-cruelty programs. We take in 9-10,000 animals per year, but are actively working to decrease that number. I live in Charleston with my husband (also a veterinarian) and a house full of animals. I don’t get much time to volunteer outside of work, but I spent many years of my childhood volunteering with loggerhead sea turtle conservation groups.
Dr. Larry Garcia
Larry Garcia is a graduate of Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine. He has worked in small town practice, corporate practice and a high volume multiple doctor veterinary practice in an Affluent area of Florida. His first exposure to shelter medicine, was through Dr. Brenda Griffin during her tenure at Auburn, she did a great deal to increase awareness of shelter medicine both in the college as well as in the community. Her passion for shelter medicine influenced him and inspired him to consider shelter medicine as a career possibility. During his clinical year, he had the opportunity to experience a two week shelter emersion experience at the local shelter, which was quite eye opening. He always wondered what it would be like to actually work in a shelter, but never thought he would get a chance. Spring 2014 he accepted a position as a herd health/surgery veterinarian with an open acceptance municipal shelter in Florida. He feels that this has been the best career move he has made since graduation. To begin his shelter journey he attended the Maddie’s shelter medicine conference in Orlando May 2014, to gain as much knowledge as possible about current shelter practices. Three months later he began the Maddie’s Shelter Medicine Certificate Program. He has learned a great deal in this first year as a shelter veterinarian with the help of the certificate program. The certificate program is a great curriculum for anyone working in the shelter setting. .
Katie Green, BS
My name is Katie Green and I am a student at Ross University. I graduated from the University of Florida in 2010 with a BS in Animal Science. Prior to attending Ross I had the wonderful opportunity to work for the Merial Shelter Medicine Clerkship and the Maddie’s Shelter Medicine Program at UF as well as volunteer for Operation Catnip. Outside of school I enjoy scuba diving, kayaking, and other outdoor activities.
Dr. Cleon G. Hendricks
Dr. Cleon Hendricks, a proud South Floridian, completed his undergraduate degree in Biological Sciences at Florida Atlantic University in 2010. His involvement with shelter medicine began in 2008, with volunteering at a local animal rescue in West Palm Beach, FL. Prior to starting veterinary school, Dr. Hendricks worked at a wildlife rehabilitation center in North Palm Beach, Florida. During his time at the University of Florida’s College of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Hendricks enrolled in the Maddie’s Shelter Medicine Certificate program and graduated with his DVM and Certificate in Shelter Medicine in 2015. He will be serving as a Captain in the United States Army’s Veterinary Corps and plans to pursue a career in pathology and research. .
I am a 4th year veterinary student (started the Graduate Certificate program in the fall of my 3rd year) at the Atlantic Veterinary College on Prince Edward Island (Canada). I have had an interest and investment in shelter medicine since before veterinary school. I thought this program would really help to set me up for a job in the shelter medicine field after graduation. Now that I have completed the program I can really say I feel that I gained much more knowledge about the shelter world than I ever could have hoped to just with my regular vet school curriculum.
Dr. Tiva Hoshizaki
Dr. Tiva Hoshizaki cultivated a strong interest in shelter medicine while still in vet school, completing the majority of her clinical training in shelters. After graduating from Massey University, New Zealand in 2013, Dr. Hoshizaki became the Maddie’s Shelter Medicine Intern at Cornell University. She was a speaker at the 2013 ASPCA/Cornell/Maddie’s shelter conference, and routinely participates in clinical teaching of veterinary students. Dr. Hoshizaki’s interests include applied animal behavior, parasitology, and shelter metrics. A self-taught web developer, she hopes to become involved in developing software for shelters, which will improve ease of data entry and analysis. Upon completion of her internship, Dr. Hoshizaki aims to go on to complete a shelter medicine residency
- Read about some of Dr. Hoshizaki’s research in “How to Find Giarida in Shelter Cats and Dogs,” (posted on the Maddie’s Institute “Chew on This” blog)
- Watch video of Dr. Hoshizaki’s presentation on girardia
Dr. Jacqueline Johnson
Dr. Jacqueline Johnson is a small animal practitioner whose true passion is shelter medicine. Not fulfilled in Private Practice, Dr. Johnson took a year sabbatical working with the Grenada Society for the Prevention of Cruelty To Animals, in the Caribbean, an affiliate of her Alma Mater St.George’s University. Since then “Jackie” has continued to devote her personal time and effort To Shelter Medicine. She is a “graduate” of the High Quality, High Volume Spay Neuter (HQHVSN) training program at the Humane Alliance in North Carolina. Most recently she has completed the Maddie’s Shelter Medicine Certificate Program at the University of Florida. Dr Johnson is on the board of two rescue Groups and participates with several TNVR programs. It is Dr. Johnson’s dream to work exclusively in a No-Kill Shelter.
Dr. Rachael Kreisler
Rachael’s interest in Shelter Medicine and feline health sparked her return to university after decade long career in information technology. Prior experience included a stint at IBM as well as founding her own small software business. While a student at Penn Vet, she created a structured extracurricular Student Surgical Opportunities program, generously supported by PetSmart Charities.
After graduation, Penn Vet hired Rachael as a Lecturer in Shelter Medicine and Surgery and she undertook a Master of Science in Clinical Epidemiology at the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, graduating in December of 2014. Rachael’s intensive training in statistics through the MSCE program, previous career experience managing large amounts of data and substantive veterinary expertise have enabled her work as a data scientist. Her ability to understand, process, visualize and communicate data has helped Philadelphia’s local shelters to better understand their trends and needs. Additional expertise includes Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and population modeling.
Personal interests include good food, photography, travel and reading, and she has a special fondness for gray cats.
Dr. Kelin Maciejewski
Dr. Kelin Maciejewski is a 2015 graduate from the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine. She also received her undergraduate degree in animal science at the University of Florida in 2011. She is an associate veterinarian in St. Petersburg, Florida where she often spends her free time volunteering for high volume and high quality spay/neuter clinics for the community. She has one rescue dog named Paris that inspired her to become passionate about shelter medicine and preventing pet overpopulation. She is very passionate about behavioral modification and preventing animals from ending up in shelters as a result of behavioral issues.
Dr. Mary Manspeaker
My name is Mary Manspeaker. I am a 2002 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine. For the majority of my career I have served as a small animal relief veterinarian in Florida, Connecticut, and New York. I began working as a Veterinary Responder for the ASPCA Field Investigations and Response team in 2012 and helped care for nearly 700 cats that were removed from a hoarding situation. Since then I have continued to work in the emergency shelters built by the FIR team in response to both natural and man-made disasters. Completing the shelter certificate has given me the base knowledge needed to face the challenges of working in an animal shelter.
Dr. Katie Matzke
Dr. Katie Matzke graduated from the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine in 2013 with the Professional Certificate from Maddie’s Shelter Medicine Program. Upon graduation, she moved west to Reno, Nevada, to work for the Nevada Humane Society. Husband Josh and 4 legged children Pazza & Kahlua came along for the ride.Working full time for the Nevada Humane Society, her favorite activity is spay & neuter surgeries (of which she gets to do plenty), but there are also a number of amputations, enucleations, and various other surgeries. With approximately 500 animals living in the shelter and up to another 300 in foster-care, the work never ends. Ultrasound, in house lab-work machines, digital radiographs, and dental radiographs mean that she gets to practice high quality medicine and provide the best of care to her patients. Her time with NHS has proven that shelter medicine is her niche.In addition to working, Katie and her family have spent a lot of time enjoying the outdoor activities that Nevada & California have to offer, including hiking, running, swimming, and even skiing (definitely didn’t get a chance to do that in Florida!).Katie is grateful for everything the shelter medicine program has provided, and feels lucky to have gotten such a great start to her career.
Dr. Meredith Montgomery
After becoming involved in the University of Florida’s Student Chapter of the Association of Shelter Veterinarians as a foster parent, I decided to pursue my professional certificate shelter medicine while pursuing my DVM. My interests include surgery, pain management, HQHV spay and neuter, behavior and welfare in a shelter environment. I have a huge soft spot for geriatric pets. I will be working as a rotating small animal intern at Angell Animal Medical Center starting in June. Upon my completion of my internship, I will pursue a career in shelter medicine. I am extremely grateful for my opportunities to pursue education, extensive volunteer and externship opportunities in shelter medicine while attending the University of Florida. I will move to Boston in just a few short weeks with my fiance, our cats, and my dog/foster kitten-raiser extraordinaire.
Dr. Sheilah Robertson
Dr. Robertson received her veterinary training at the University of Glasgow followed by training in anesthesia and a PhD at the University of Bristol. She is board certified in anesthesia and animal welfare by the respective American and European Colleges and is trained in small animal acupuncture. Her research interests include assessment of pain and use of opioids in cats and the development of anesthetic protocols for large scale spay and neuter clinics. In 2014 she completed her graduate certificate in shelter medicine from the University of Florida. She served as a faculty member at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine, the University of Florida, Michigan State University and served as an assistant director in the Animal Welfare Division of the American Veterinary Medical Association. Currently she is the senior medical director for Lap of Love, a large network of veterinarians providing hospice and in-home euthanasia services throughout the United States.
Dr. Tracy Satchell
Tracy was born in St. Thomas, Ontario and went to veterinary school in Guelph. She graduated with distinction in 2010 and began working in small animal clinical practice in London. Four years after graduating she helped open the East Village Animal Hospital, a high volume, high quality spay/neuter and medical clinic which is open to low-income individuals and nonprofit animal organizations. On the average workday, Tracy will spay and neuter 20-35 animals. She is passionate about population control, Trap-Neuter-Return, and shelter medicine. While managing a busy animal hospital she also recently completed the Maddie’s Graduate Certificate in Shelter Medicine, with honors. She now lives in London with her three cats and in her spare time enjoys yoga, jogging, and making wine. .
Dr. Maria A. Serrano
Dr. Serrano graduated in 2001 from Universidad de La Salle (Colombia), where she ranked 1st in her class. She completed her clinical year at Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine.
During her career, she has practiced small animal medicine, zoo medicine, lab animal medicine, emergency medicine and shelter medicine.
Dr. Serrano discovered her true passion when she started working as a shelter veterinarian in Miami. She joined the staff of Miami-Dade Animal Services in 2009, where she has been the Chief Veterinarian since 2012. Dr. Serrano has taken shelter veterinary care to a higher level. Thanks to her leadership and passion (and that of her wonderful team), the shelter todays saves more animals than it has ever had (89%).
Dr. Serrano is committed to finding alternatives to reducing shelter intake, improving shelter medical care, improving animal welfare in shelter animals and addressing the pet overpopulation problem in her community. She considers euthanasia of healthy adoptable animals to be the deadliest disease of all times and is committed to being part of the solution. .
Dr. Ken Sieranski
Dr. Ken Sieranski is an intern in shelter medicine at the University of Florida. He graduated Cum Laude from the Texas A & M University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2013. Prior to veterinary school, Dr. Sieranski obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science from Purdue University. In the future, Dr. Sieranski hopes to work in a large municipal shelter as either the medical director or executive director. He is especially interested in shelter population management, infectious disease control and outbreak management in the shelter setting, and the challenges of animal sheltering in an urban environment.
Dr. Jennifer Steketee
After growing up in a house full of animals, pursuing a career in veterinary medicine was an obvious choice. I graduated from the Oregon State College of Veterinary Medicine in 1997 and took a job as the shelter veterinarian for a small animal shelter in a poor community in New Mexico. I then went into small animal private practice for 8 years before the shelter bug brought me back to shelter work. I am now the Medical Director at the Santa Fe Animal Shelter, a progressive private shelter doing some amazing work, and continue to strive towards a day when all companion animals will have a loving home.
Dr. J. Scott Swetnam
I am a 1997 graduate from The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine. I graduated from the Maddie School of Shelter Medicine at The University of Florida in 2013. I have been the owner and chief of staff of the Banfield Pet Hospital in Oviedo, Florida since 2001. I have always looked for ways to improve the homeless pet situation in our country. We have partnered with many great rescue groups to help pets locally. I have come to appreciate the incredible opportunity that PetsMart and Banfield has to have a huge impact on this national problem. I want to play a key role in helping bringing together all of the resources together so we can maximize that impact.
Dr. Laurie Wright
After 33 years in companion animal practice, I have served as the full time shelter veterinarian since 2010 for an open admission municipal shelter in Grand Rapids, Michigan. During my years in private practice I volunteered veterinary services for several local shelters and worked part time for a mobile feline spay/neuter practice. My particular are of interest is behavior medicine. I completed the Karen Pryor Academy Behavior and Animal Training course in 2008 and have incorporated clicker training into the behavior and welfare programs in the shelter environment. I have completed the UFL Graduate Certificate program in Shelter Medicine and will begin the UFL Veterinary Forensics program in 2014. I am a part-time adjunct professor in the veterinary technology program at Baker College of Muskegon since 2010. I live in west Michigan near the lakeshore with my husband, 2 labradors, 1 chihuahua and an African grey parrot. I enjoy time at the beach, classical music, gardening and spending time with my grandchildren. I was honored to present an abstract at the 2013 AVSAB conference in Chicago related to housing and husbandry modifications and their effects on health and welfare for cats in the adoptable population at our shelter. This work was recently acknowledged by Dr. Sophia Yin in her Behavior Bytes newsletter on her website. I look forward to continuing my adventure in learning in shelter medicine and the opportunity to share with colleagues and students in advocating health and welfare for abandoned and relinquished animals.
- Read “Maddie’s Online Certificate Alumnus Improves Outcomes for Shelter Cats in Michigan” to learn more about Dr. Wright and her shelter success story!
Dr. Melissa Yuen
Dr. Mellissa Yuen was born and raised on the east coast of Canada in Nova Scotia. Upon realizing her dream of becoming a veterinarian, she was delighted to be accepted into the Atlantic Veterinary College on Prince Edward Island. In 2006 she graduated with her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, and pursued a career in small animal medicine on the beautiful island of Oahu, Hawai`i. After nine years in private practice, Dr. Yuen realized that her love for veterinary medicine had evolved into a passion for the field of shelter medicine and caring for those animals who have no home. She then moved to Los Angeles to participate in the No Kill Los Angeles movement, which aims to drastically reduce or eliminate shelter euthanasia in the city of Los Angeles by 2017. She worked at the Spay Neuter Project of LA, a high volume, high quality spay and neuter facility that aims to reduce overp opulation by providing services to low-income communities. She was also honored to work at Best Friends Animal Society, providing medical care to the many dogs and cats that are saved from various shelters in Los Angeles. Upon the completion of this course, Dr. Yuen secured what she considers to be her dream job, working as an LA city shelter veterinarian. Currently, she is the main veterinarian caring for the Los Angeles North Central Animal Shelter, putting to use the knowledge and resources that she gained from Maddie’s Graduate Certificate in Shelter Medicine. Each day, Dr. Yuen is thankful to be able to provide the services and care that aim to improve the lives of the many dogs and cats in need.
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