Maddie’s® Externs

Lauren Edwards, Maddie's Shelter Medicine ExternLauren Edwards

UF College of Veterinary Medicine, Class of 2010

I have always had an interest in animal welfare, and this, along with a fascination with the medical sciences, is what has driven me to pursue a career as a veterinarian. I hope that after spending time at an open-admission shelter I will come away with a better understanding of effective cleaning and disinfection procedures, prevention of infectious diseases in the shelter population through vaccination protocols, and how to best treat sick animals with limited financial resources.

During my externship at Best Friends Animal Society in Utah I look forward to observing how they have been so successful in encouraging extraordinary public support of their program. Finally, I would like to improve my proficiency in the skills required for high volume, high quality spay and neuter surgeries. Spending time at an HQHVSN clinic will allow me to not only hone these abilities, but also to see ways that the organization conducts community outreach to educate the public about the problem of pet overpopulation.

Lauren completed externships in shelter medicine at Best Friends, Alachua County Animal Services, and First Coast No More Homeless Pets Lauren was also the recipient of the 2010 Maddie’s® Program Award for Excellence in Shelter Medicine.


Jessica Leeman, Maddie's® Shelter Medicine ExternJessica Leeman

UF College of Veterinary Medicine, Class of 2011

My goal for the future includes becoming a well rounded veterinarian that serves both the people and animals of the community. I am dedicated to the animals which shelters house and passionate about the many aspects of veterinary medicine it entails. I want to be immersed in an environment where there are too many animals and not enough resources, cruelty cases, and detrimental disease outbreaks. I also want to see the happiness a newly adopted pet brings to a family and know that I helped make it possible, and I want to help save lives during catastrophic events in our country.

This is all possible through shelter medicine. I have a true passion to help animals and people in difficult situations, and plan on remaining active as a veterinarian throughout my career. Jessica completed externships in shelter medicine at the Pennsylvania Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and the Humane Society of Greater Miami.


Elizabeth Roy, Maddie's® Shelter Medicine ExternElizabeth Roy

UF College of Veterinary Medicine, Class of 2010

I am currently a fourth year veterinary student. I grew up in Wisconsin, moved with my family to the Philadelphia area when I was 13, then went to college at the University of Delaware before moving to Florida for veterinary school. After graduation, I plan to complete a small animal rotating internship either in the Northeast or the West coast. I am a self-proclaimed “crazy cat lady” and am considering working in a feline exclusive practice one day.

Emergency medicine and shelter medicine are also areas of interest for me. Right now I share my little apartment with a smart German Shepherd named Sophie, a cuddly orange cat named Tron, and a crazy little chocolate brown cat named Rangus. When I am not busy with vet school or entertaining my menagerie of pets, I like to train for and compete in triathlon, do yoga, and watch football.

Liz completed externships in shelter medicine at the Pennsylvania Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and the Washington Animal Rescue League.


Andrew Scarbrough, Maddie's® Shelter Medicine ExternAndrew Scarbrough

UF College of Veterinary Medicine, Class of 2010

Andrew completed externships in shelter medicine at the Humane Society of Broward County and the Humane Society of Greater Miami.