Barbara Hodges, DVM, MBA

Barbara Hodges, DVM, MBA

Dr. Barbara Hodges practices integrative small animal medicine in the Sacramento Valley of Northern California. She worked closely with the Berkeley East Bay Humane Society for a number of years, and joined HSVMA at the time of its founding in 2008.

Dr. Hodges attended New York University as an undergraduate Philosophy major, focusing on ethics and practical reasoning. She earned her BA during the tenure of Peter Singer, whose seminal work, Animal Liberation, remains an international classic of the animal welfare literature.

Dr. Hodges garnered a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) at The Stern School of Business, also at NYU. She began a successful career in the institutional financial services industry working as a relationship manager for Chase Econometrics and as a marketing communications agency consultant to top-tier investment firms.

Dr. Hodges attended veterinary school at the University of California at Davis. There she chose the Alternative Surgery training option, performing only non-lethal surgeries on shelter animals and performing the other, traditionally terminal, surgeries on ethically-sourced cadavers of animals medically euthanized and obtained via body-will programs. She participated in externships at the Marin County (Calif.) Humane Society and the Animal Medical Center in New York City.

Once in practice, Dr. Hodges became an active volunteer veterinarian for the Association of Veterinarians for Animal Rights (AVAR), serving as a panelist at conferences, making presentations at her alma mater and lobbying for animal-friendly legislation at the state capitol in Sacramento. She worked on projects focused on cosmetic surgeries, the use of animals in research and testing, dog chaining, farm animal confinement, forced feeding of ducks and geese, and mandatory spay/neuter requirements, among other issues.

Her companion animals include her dog, Tweed, and her cats, MJ and Callie. She also rescued two Rambelais sheep, who live among the rural sheep and goat flocks of a weaver friend.