Faculty member

Department of Population Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences

Interim Director, Janet L. Swanson Director of Maddie's® Shelter Medicine Program
Associate Clinical Professor


Department of Population Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences
Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine
Ithaca, NY 14853


Research Interest

Infectious disease, spay/neuter, veterinary education


  • Oregon State University 2013 - 2016  Maddie’s Shelter Medicine Resident
  • University of Florida 2016 - Master of Veterinary Science Certificate in Public Health
  • University of Florida 2012 - 2013 Certificate in Shelter Medicine
  • University of Minnesota 2005 - 2009 Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Mixed Animal Track
  • Johns Hopkins University 2003 - 2004 Master of Arts Science Writing
  • Macalester College 1998 - 2002 Bachelor of Arts Cum Laude Majors: Anthropology/PreMed.

Biography/Professional Experience

  • Maddie’s Shelter Medicine Resident July 2013 - July 2016
    Oregon Humane Society/Oregon State University, Portland, OR
  • Co-instructor for Maddie’s Shelter Certificate Courses “Integrating Veterinary Medicine and Shelter Systems” and “Shelter Physical Health” online
    at the University of Florida, Summer and Fall, 2014
  • Public Clinic Veterinarian May 2012 - July 2013
    Arizona Humane Society, Phoenix, AZ
  • Shelter Veterinarian August 2010 - April 2012
    Humane Society of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT


A Mixed-Methods Analysis of Changing Student Confidence in an Online Shelter Medicine Course” in Journal of Veterinary Medical Education, August 2016 doi: 10.2128/jvme.1115-182R
"Evaluation of sutureless scrotal castration for pediatric and juvenile dogs" in Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, December 2018, doi: 10.2460/javma.253.12.1589
"Descriptive epidemiology and test characteristics of cats diagnosed with Microsporum canis dermatophytosis in a Northwestern US animal shelter" in Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery, December 2019, doi: 10.1177/1098612X19825519
"Descriptive epidemiology of companion animal dermatophytosis in a Canadian Pacific Northwest animal shelter system" in The Canadian Veterinary Journal, July 2020, PMID: 32655161PMCID: PMC7296869

Awards and Honors

Education Innovation Grant for Outbreak Learning Experience (Center for Ed Tech) 2018-2019
Morris Animal Foundation Student Scholar Grant- Palau Cat Census- Summer 2018
Wiederhold Grant: Creating Adoptable Animals and Accomplished Veterinarians. Collaboration with Dr. Berliner and Dr. Henry. 2019-2020
Engaged Cornell Grant: Community Veterinary Wellness Clinics at the HuSoc of Schuyler County. Collaboration with Dr. Berliner and Dr. Henry. 2019
HSVMA Student Research Grant: Adoption Policies in NY State-2019
Wiederhold Grant: FIP in Animal Shelters. Collaboration with Allison Stout and Gary Whittaker. 2020. Paper in progress. 

Professional/Academic Affiliations

  • Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine 2016 (ACVPM)
  • Association of Shelter Veterinarians since 2005 (ASV)
  • Humane Society Veterinarians of America since 2014 (HSVA)
  • American Veterinary Medical Association since 2013 (AVMA)
  • Accredited Category 2 Veterinarian USDA-APHIS since 2010