Shelter Medicine Team

Shelter Medicine Team


Shelter Medicine students at graduation with Dr. Watson

Meet the Shelter Medicine team, comprising compassion and expertise, and a wide range of experience in the care of shelter animals, student and community education, and research. 

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Dr. Brittany Watson, Shelter Medicine

Brittany Watson, VMD, PhD, DACVPM
Director, Shelter Medicine & Community Engagement

Meet the Shelter Medicine Team

Penn Vet Shelter Medicine
Dr. Brittany Watson
  • Brittany Watson, VMD, PhD, DACVPM
  • Director & Clinical Assistant Professor, Shelter Medicine & Community Engagement

Dr. Watson served as Veterinary Director of Continuing Education Initiatives for the Charleston Animal Society (CAS) in South Carolina. During her tenure, she helped CAS achieve record live release, adoptions, and education programs in the state. In her role at CAS, Dr. Watson also regularly performed surgical procedures and documented cruelty cases.

Dr. Chelsea Reinhard, Penn Vet

Dr. Reinhard completed a shelter medicine specialty internship at the Oregon Humane Society in Portland.  She was the first shelter medicine resident at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University.  During her residency, she was trained in surgery, shelter population management, infectious disease management, cruelty investigation, disaster and emergency preparedness, and shelter consultations.


Shelter-based Student Teaching Assistants
 Penn Vet is grateful to PetSmart Charities for support of our shelter-based student teaching assistants
Liz Antzis, VMD, Shelter Medicine
  • Liz Antzis, VMD
Dr. Ariella Samson, Penn Vet
  •  Ariella Samson, DVM
  • University of Pennsylvania – Animal Care Control Team of Philadelphia Maddie’s® Shelter Medicine InternMaddies Fund
Lori DiFiglia, Penn Vet Shelter Medicine 
  • Lori Hobson DiFiglia, Veterinary Technician
  • Lori began volunteering and fostering for the Animal Care and Control Team of Philadelphia in 2009. Her focus for the past three years has been in shelter medicine and volunteering as a surgical assistant. Her background includes home health care for the elderly and therapy dog work for hospice patients.
Christina Lunski, CVT, Shelter Medicine
  • Christina Lunski, CVT, Bernice Barbour Foundation Veterinary Technician in Shelter Medicine
  • Christina's passion has always been veterinary medicine. Through the years this passion progressed to include teaching a variety of veterinary skills and studies to a broad range of ages.

Bernice Barbour Foundation