Sharon L Crowell-Davis DVM, PhD, DACVB

Dr. Crowell-Davis grew up in east Tennessee, with a 1-year diversion to live in England when she was 12.  She was a textbook “horse crazy” girl, and spent as much time as possible riding and hanging out at stables, which naturally evolved into completing her PhD dissertation at Cornell University on the maternal and developmental behavior of mares and foals of the Welsh pony living at pasture in 1982. Prior to her PhD, she completed her DVM degree at Auburn University in 1978. 

She became an Assistant Professor at the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine in 1982, and subsequently developed a clinical behavior service and a comprehensive educational program in behavioral medicine there.  She is currently a Professor of Behavioral Medicine in the Department of Veterinary Biosciences and Diagnostic Imaging at the University of Georgia.

In the past 34 years Dr. Crowell-Davis has published over 400 papers and book chapters on various aspects of animal behavior and welfare, including material on horses, cats, dogs, rabbits, ferrets, parrots and pigs. She has also supervised student research on the behavior of llamas and chickens. She is the senior author of Veterinary Psychopharmacology (2006) and editor of the second edition of that book, which is currently in preparation.  She also edited a book on horse behavior.  All of her former residents have become Board Certified in the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists, and subsequently gone on to careers that included practice, teaching and/or research. She has also served as a legal consultant and expert witness on various aspects of animal behavior and welfare and lectured extensively at continuing education venues.

Dr. Crowell-Davis was one of the founding Diplomates of the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists.  She is currently on the scientific advisory board of the International Society for the Protection of Mustangs and Burros (ISPMB) and is the faculty advisor for the student chapter of the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior (AVSAB) at the University of Georgia.  While she loves reading papers and books on animal behavior, the animals themselves have always been her best teachers, and she once missed a Pony Club meeting because she was so fascinated by the details of how her horse picked up, masticated and swallowed its food.

Michael Good, DVM

Dr. Michael Good grew up in Mishawaka, Indiana, as one of six children. He owned many animals early in his life. As a high school sophomore, he decided to direct his passion for animals into his career and become a veterinarian. He never looked back.

Dr. Good attended Purdue University and entered the University of Georgia’s College of Veterinary Medicine as a “Two-Year Wonder,” after completing his sophomore year in college. Dr. Good graduated veterinary school in 1978 and became a practice owner one year later.

Dr. Good is interested in all aspects of medicine and surgery pertaining to dogs and cats. His 40 years of experience, and his efforts to continuously educate himself on the advances in veterinary medicine, have made him one of the most respected veterinarians in the Southeast. Dr. Good has won numerous awards, including the 1990 Cobb County Veterinarian of the Year, the 1991 Greater Atlanta Veterinarian of the Year, and the 1999 Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association Veterinarian of the Year.

In 1998--after he saw a need to create an organization that could assist animal shelters and pet owners in need--Dr. Good formed the Homeless Pets Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. In the Atlanta area alone, more than 100,000 animals are destroyed each year for lack of a home. The Homeless Pets Foundation provides critical medical care, food, foster care and comfort to these homeless animals. Foundation volunteers work together either to adopt these homeless pets locally or to transport them north, traveling on the ‘Underhound Railroad,’ to shelter partners through whom they find loving, adoptive homes.

In 2010, Dr. Good created the Homeless Pet Clubs. The Homeless Pet Clubs provide students, civic leaders, business owners, veterinarians, and community groups the opportunity to share their love of animals by promoting animal rescue and providing humane education to future generations. HPCs have been a huge success by telling the stories of homeless animals, thereby increasing traffic and adoptions at local shelters and ultimately, saving more animals’ lives.

 Contact Drs. Crowell-Davis and Good at [email protected]