Sara L Bennett

Sara L Bennett, DVM, MS, DACB

Adjunct Lecturer In Shelter Medicine

Department: Small Animal Clinical Sciences
Business Phone: (919) 513-6130
Business Email:

About Sara L Bennett

Dr. Sara Bennett is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Clinical Sciences, in the Behavior Department at the College of Veterinary Medicine of North Carolina State University. She spent 3 years in general practice in Southwest Indiana before returning to Purdue to complete a residency in Animal Behavior with a Shelter Medicine focus and Masters of Science. After board certification, she practiced veterinary behavior in the Chicago and greater Midwest area seeing private patients and consulting with a variety of sheltering organizations for several years. She particularly enjoys addressing problem behavior in sheltered and rescue animals, helping to protect animal welfare, making these pets more adoptable, working to strengthen the budding human-animal bond and to help keep these animals in their new homes.


Fear Free Certified
2018 · Fear Free

Teaching Profile

Courses Taught
VEM5320 Shelter Behav/Welfare
VME6812 Shelter Animal Behavior and Welfare

Board Certifications

  • Certification
    American College of Veterinary Behaviorists (ACVB)


Megasphaera elsdenii and Saccharomyces Cerevisiae as direct fed microbials during an in vitro acute ruminal acidosis challenge.
Scientific reports. 12(1) [DOI] 10.1038/s41598-022-11959-2. [PMID] 35562415.
Adaptation of in vitro methodologies to estimate the intestinal digestion of lipids in ruminants.
Translational animal science. 5(3) [DOI] 10.1093/tas/txab135. [PMID] 34527886.
Effects of bacterial cultures, enzymes, and yeast-based feed additive combinations on ruminal fermentation in a dual-flow continuous culture system.
Translational animal science. 5(2) [DOI] 10.1093/tas/txab026. [PMID] 33860153.
Effects of calcium-magnesium carbonate and calcium-magnesium hydroxide as supplemental sources of magnesium on microbial fermentation in a dual-flow continuous culture.
Translational animal science. 5(1) [DOI] 10.1093/tas/txaa229. [PMID] 33506181.
Central nervous system (CNS) modulating drugs for pet fear and anxiety related behaviors that are referred to retail pharmacies- What the pharmacist needs to know
The Kentucky Pharmacist. 11(1):21-27
In Their Own Words: What Qualitative Analysis of Online Discussions with Students Reveals about Their Experiences with Compassion Fatigue in Shelter Medicine
. 9(5):38-55 [DOI] 10.9790/2380-0905013855 .
Therapeutics for pet aggression, housesoiling, seizures and other behavior disorders that are referred to retail pharmacies- What the pharmacist needs to know
The Kentucky Pharmacist. 11(2):19-27
Comparison of SAFER behavior assessment results in shelter dogs at intake and after a 3-day acclimation period
Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science. 18(2):153-168 [DOI] 10.1080/10888705.2014.999916. [PMID] 25603466.
Oral transmucosal administration of dexmedetomidine for sedation in four dogs
The Canadian veterinary journal = La revue veterinaire canadienne. 56(11):1144-1148 [PMID] 26538668.
Showcasing the wallflower cat: Using environmental management and clicker training to improve the adoption of shelter cats
NAVTA Journal. 21-27
Animal behavior case of the month. Territorial aggression.
Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association. 245(3):286-8 [DOI] 10.2460/javma.245.3.286. [PMID] 25029305.
Animal behavior case of the month. Separation anxiety.
Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association. 243(12):1697-9 [DOI] 10.2460/javma.243.12.1697. [PMID] 24299538.
Cognitive dysfunction in dogs: pathologic neurodegeneration or just growing older?
Veterinary journal (London, England : 1997). 194(2):141-2 [DOI] 10.1016/j.tvjl.2012.05.009. [PMID] 22749118.
Investigating Behavior Assessment Instruments to Predict Aggression in Dogs
Applied Animal Behaviour Science. 141(3-4):139-148 [DOI] 10.1016/j.applanim.2012.08.005.
Cyclic estrous-like behavior in a spayed cat associated with excessive sex-hormone production by an adrenocortical carcinoma.
Journal of feline medicine and surgery. 13(6):473-8 [DOI] 10.1016/j.jfms.2011.02.002. [PMID] 21498101.


Master of Science in Veterinary Clinical Sciences
2012 · Purdue University
Residency – Shelter Animal Behavior
2012 · Purdue University
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
2006 · Purdue University

Contact Details

(919) 513-6130
Business Mailing:
PO Box 100126