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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. 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. 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.
Lauren Powell has been awarded a PhD from the University of Sydney for her research into the effects of dog ownership on human mental well-being, with a particular focus on the importance of oxytocin in human-dog bonding. Her current research sees her exploring the assessment of quality of life in shelter dogs and evaluating teaching in the shelter medicine field.
Peter assists in implementing Shelter Medicine’s WaterShed Initiative by organizing symposiums, academic consortium meetings, and journal research discussions. Peter brings broad experience in communications and design, event planning, and reporting program metrics, from years of working in Penn’s office of Institutional Research & Analysis, and with Philadelphia-area nonprofits.
As an outreach educator, Karen develops and provides educational opportunities at Penn Vet, focusing on humane education, STEAM outreach, and pipeline-type programming. Karen has a rich professional background working with and caring for various taxa of animals in zoo and museum settings, and developing a variety of programs, curricula, and engagement opportunities.