Sara Pizano

Sara Pizano, DVM, MA

Adjunct Lecturer In Shelter Medicine

Department: Small Animal Clinical Sciences
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About Sara Pizano

After completing a rotating internship at the Animal Medical Center in 1995, Dr. Sara Pizano began her career in sheltering as an associate veterinarian at North Shore Animal League in Long Island. She then joined the Humane Society of Broward County in Florida as the Director of Veterinary Services and in 2005 Dr. Pizano was hired to overhaul Miami-Dade Animal Services, one of the top 10 largest public shelters in the country. Since 2013, Dr. Pizano has completed over 115 shelter and community assessments in 24 states, beginning with state and local laws, engagement of civic leaders and decision makers, proactive community programs, strategic managed admissions, a focus on eliminating wasteful practices, and capacity for care to a positive live outcome. As part of the Million Cat Challenge team and now Maddie’s Million Pet Challenge, she coaches students and veterinarians from across the country to learn this invaluable approach. Dr. Pizano serves as a veterinary ambassador and trainer for Open Door Veterinary Collective and is a frequent speaker at regional and national conferences. Dr. Pizano is the author of The Best Practice Playbook for Animal Shelters with medical editors, Dr. Julie Levy and Dr. Kate Hurley.

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Teaching Profile

Courses Taught
VEM5890 Consult in Shelter Me


The Impact of Incorporating Multiple Best Practices on Live Outcomes for a Municipal Animal Shelter in Memphis, TN.
Frontiers in veterinary science. 9 [DOI] 10.3389/fvets.2022.786866. [PMID] 35812878.


Internship in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery
1995 · Animal Medical Center
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
1994 · Cornell University
Master of Science
1988 · Columbia University

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