Lorna Grande, DVM
Program Director, Education and Outreach

Dr Lorna Grande is the Program Director of Education and Outreach for HSVMA and oversees the HSVMA continuing education webinar series. She is a graduate of Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine.

During her time at Tufts she led a dozen veterinary students in establishing a first-in-the-nation alternative to terminal surgery laboratory, resulting in Tufts adoption of humane alternatives to replace the traditional. For this achievement, Dr Grande was awarded the Irma E. Baron Memorial Award for Humanitarianism and Compassion from the Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine.

She began her career working in animal shelters as a teenager and has been affiliated with shelters ever since from creating one of the first in-house shelter spay/neuter programs to serving many years on the Board of Directors of both Open Admission and Limited Admission animal shelters.

In 2001 Dr Grande founded HAVEN: Human/Animal Violence Education Network. HAVEN is a multidisciplinary group of Berkshire County (Massachusetts) professionals who work to raise awareness about the connection between animal cruelty/neglect and violence/family dynamics.

For many years, Dr. Grande was a faculty member in the Veterinary and Animal Sciences Department at UMASS/Amherst where she taught animal welfare.

Dr Grande is the author of www.PupQuest.org, an educational website created to guide consumers on where to get a dog and where NOT to get a dog.  PupQuest outlines often overlooked steps to finding a healthy, well socialized puppy from a reputable source.

Dr Grande is a lifelong horse person. She focused on equine medicine in veterinary school and practiced equine medicine upon graduation. Most of her veterinary career has been spent in small animal medicine but horses and equine welfare remain an important part of her focus.

She authored and conducted training workshops on the national level about the medical aspects of large animal abuse/cruelty investigations for local/regional animal control officers under the auspices of the Humane Society of the United States.

Dr Grande was also a consultant to Carriage Horse Action Committee, assisting in a successful campaign to pass legislation to protect horses for hire in Boston. She examined and wrote reports on horses in work and recently retired to convey true condition of the horses to humane law enforcement and legislators.

Before veterinary school, as an RVT, she assisted the MSPCA on an in-depth investigation of horse racing at state agriculture fairs. She had the privilege of assisting one the country’s foremost authorities on equine orthopedic conditions as he conducted pre-race exams on every horse.