Gary J. Patronek, VMD, PhD
After working in companion animal and emergency practice for several years, he started a career in shelter medicine as the Director of the Chester County SPCA, at a time when few veterinarians worked in shelters. Following completion of his PhD, he joined the faculty at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University, where he became Director of the Center for Animals and Public Policy. He maintains an adjunct appointment at Tufts, and continues to work with the school on development of their shelter medicine program. While at Tufts, he founded the Hoarding of Animals Research Consortium (HARC), an interdisciplinary research team that conducted the initial research on the problem of animal hoarding. Besides helping develop the League’s new Center for Shelter Dogs, he is a member of the Board Specialty Organizing Committee working to create a shelter medicine specialty sanctioned by the AVMA. His current research interests include standards for quality of life for animals in shelters, and using geo-spatial analysis to better understand how shelter intakes and adoptions are connected to human socio-geographic factors.