Jessica Hekman, DVM, MS, PhD

Dr. Jessica HekmanMaddie’s® Shelter Medicine Intern
Maddie’s® Shelter Medicine Program at the University of Florida

Dr. Hekman obtained her DVM from the Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, as well as an MS in Comparative Biomedical Sciences for work on stress in hospitalized dogs. Before veterinary school, she enjoyed an eleven year career as a computer programmer in online publishing, after graduating magna cum laude from Harvard University with a degree in medieval studies.  Her interests include animal behavior, animal welfare, preventive medicine, and population medicine. After completing her internship with Maddie’s Shelter Medicine Program, Dr. Hekman completed her PhD at the University of Illinois, with a dissertation title of “Transcriptome Analysis of the Hypothalamic-Pituitary-Adrenal Axis in the Experimentally Domesticated Fox.” She is currently completing a postdoctoral fellowship at the Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT, in Cambridge, MA, to further knowledge regarding how the hormonal stress response is different in animals who are genetically easy to stress out versus ones that are very friendly and tame.


  • PhD, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 2017
  • MS, Comparative Biomedical Science, Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, 2012
  • DVM, Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine 2012
  • AB, History and Literature, Harvard University, 1995


  • Tufts Cummings School Foster Scholarship, 2011