Dr. Sara Bennett, DVM, MS, DACVB

Veterinary Behavior SpecialistDr. Sara Bennett
Co-instructor for the Maddie’s® Shelter Medicine Online Programs, University of Florida

Dr. Bennett received her DVM degree in 2006 from Purdue University. She spent 3 years as an associate veterinarian in general practice in the Evansville area before returning to Purdue to complete a residency in Animal Behavior and Masters of Science with support through the Maddie’s Shelter Medicine Program®. She obtained certification as a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists in 2012. After becoming board-certified, she practiced veterinary behavior in the Chicago area until returning to the southwest Indiana Tri-State area in 2015.

Dr. Bennett is a co-instructor for University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine online learning course, Shelter Animal Behavior and Welfare, which is one of three core courses in the online Maddie’s® Graduate Certificate in Shelter Medicine Program.

In her behavior consultations she addresses a variety of behavior problems and behavioral disorders including aggression, inappropriate elimination, compulsive disorder, fears and phobias and behavior problems associated with aging across a wide range of species. She particularly enjoys addressing problem behavior in shelter and rescue animals, helping to protect animal welfare, make these pets more adoptable, strengthen the budding human-animal bond and to keep these animals in their new homes.


  • Residency, Shelter Animal Behavior, Purdue University, 2012
  • MS, Veterinary Clinical Sciences, Purdue University, 2012
  • DVM, Purdue University, 2006
  • BS, Biology, Purdue University, 2002

Selected Publications:

  • Bennett SL, Weng H, Walker SL, Placer M, Litster AL. Comparison of SAFER(TM) behavior assessment results in dogs at intake and after a 3-day acclimation period. J Appl Anim Welf Sci 2015;18(2):153-168.
  • Bennett SL. Animal Behavior Case of the Month (Inter-cat aggression in the household). J Am Vet Med Assoc 2014;245:286-288.
  • Bennett SL, Listster AL, Weng H, Walker SL, Luescher AU. Investigating Behavior Assessment Instruments to Predict Aggression in Dogs. J Appl Anim Welf Sci 2012;141:139-148.
  • Bennett SL. Cognitive dysfunction in dogs: Pathologic neurodegeneration versus just growing older? Vet J 2012;194:141-142.