Maddie's® Shelter Medicine Program

Saving lives through science, leadership, and service.

Joy Keaton, DVM

2020 Janet L. Swanson Intern of Shelter Medicine

Dr. Joy Keaton has been working in animal sheltering for the past 16 years. She is a Northeast Ohio native that worked in various roles, including those of Humane Officer and Shelter Manager. After 10 years of working in the shelter environment, she decided to pursue a degree in Veterinary Medicine. Joy received her Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology from Kent State University in 2014 and a Master degree in Veterinary Biomedical Science at Lincoln Memorial University in 2016. She is a recent graduate of Lincoln Memorial University College of Veterinary Medicine where she received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine. While working in shelters over the years, she discovered a lack of accessible veterinary care for many shelter animals. This became the driving force behind her return to higher education and hopes to mentor future veterinarians in the specialty of Shelter Medicine. Joy has a special passion for community care and outreach as well as teaching. She chose Cornell’s Maddie’s Shelter Medicine internship because of its strong mentorship and wonderful community outreach program.

Outside of shelter medicine, Joy has a love of reading while curled up with her 2 cats and Labrador retriever. She enjoys baking for others and having quiet time at home. Her favorite shows to watch include marathons of: Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, Doctor Who and (of course) The Great British Baking Show. Joy hopes to gain more understanding of epidemiology and strengthen her surgical skills during the next year. She is hoping to pursue a residency in Shelter Medicine and to become a boarded Shelter Medicine specialist.