Dr. Mary-Elizabeth Ellard

Mary Elizabeth Ellard

Maddie’s Shelter Medicine Program at the University of Florida

Mary-Elizabeth Ellard hails from Atlanta.  After fifteen years in private veterinary practice, she answered the call to serve its local shelters.  For over a decade now, she has worked with numerous animal welfare organizations providing both surgerical and medical services.  She currently works with Lifeline Animal Project and JazzyPaw providing spay-neuter services for rescues, shelters and low-income clients.  At Inman Park Animal Hospital, she enjoys seeing many patients who are shelter “alumni.”  She also co-chairs the Georgia Veterinary Medical Association’s surgical education program for UGA veterinary students.

Dr. Ellard’s other passion is history.  She speaks regularly on veterinary medicine during the American Civil War and leads historic tours in Atlanta.  She serves on the Executive Committee of the Atlanta Civil War Round Table.  She teaches Bible at Peachtree Christian Church.  She and her husband, Bill, live with a pampered shelter cat named Annabelle.


  • MS, Veterinary Anatomy, University of Georgia, 1987
  • DVM, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Georgia, 1992
  • Certificate in Shelter Medicine, University of Florida, 2014