Nicholas Dodman, BVMS, DACVB, DACVAA

Dr. Nicholas H. Dodman

Dr. Nicholas Dodman attended Glasgow University Veterinary School in Scotland where he received a BVMS (DVM equivalent). He is board-certified by the American College of Veterinary Anesthesiologists and the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists.

In 1981, Dr. Dodman immigrated to the United States where he became a faculty member of Tufts University Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine in Massachusetts. Shortly after his arrival, Dr. Dodman became interested in behavioral pharmacology and the field of animal behavior. After spending several years in this area of research, in 1986 he founded the Animal Behavior Clinic—one of the first of its kind—at Tufts. Since 1990 he has devoted all of his time to his specialty practice of animal behavior. He received board certification in animal behavior from the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists in 1995. Dr. Dodman is currently Professor Emeritus at Tufts University and Chief Scientific Officer at the Center for Canine Behavior Studies.

Dr. Dodman is one of the world’s most noted and celebrated veterinary behaviorists. He has written five acclaimed bestselling books and has authored two textbooks and more than 100 articles and contributions to scientific books and journals. He also holds 10 U.S. patents for various inventions related to the control of animal behavior. Dr. Dodman appears regularly on radio and television as a behavioral expert.

Dr. Dodman is a member of the the American College of Veterinary Anesthesiologists, the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists, and he is a Leadership Council member of the Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association.

Elizabeth West, DVM

Dr. Liz West is the lead Instructor in Veterinary Science at the Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical School (MontyTech), where she pioneered the program and helped to establish a veterinary clinic for the underserved population of north central Massachusetts.

She also teaches Domestic Animal Behavior in the Vet Tech program at Mount Wachusett Community College.  Dr. West transitioned to teaching after 20+ years in clinical practice, culminating as the Director of Veterinary Services for the Humane Society for Greater Nashua (NH).  She has served on the DART team in NH, the New England Federation of Humane Societies board and the MA DESE Veterinary Science Framework committee.

Dr. West is a graduate of the Ontario Veterinary College, and is currently working on her Masters in Education in addition to teaching.  She is also continuing her passion for shelter medicine working part-time at HSFN.  Her particular interests include shelter animal behavior, community access to veterinary care and infectious disease control.

She is pictured with her Keeshond, Cinder, who serves as a teaching dog in both the classroom and grooming salon at MontyTech. 

Sally Mahoney, DVM

Dr. Sally Mahoney earned her BS in Biology from St. Norbert College and her DVM from the University of Wisconsin in 1987.  During veterinary school, an externship at the University of California Davis provided an extensive opportunity to learn to treat zoo and exotic animals.

Upon graduation she returned to her native Massachusetts to treat dogs, cats and reptiles in small animal practice. During these years the needs of elderly and disabled pet owners became more apparent to her, and this led Dr. Mahoney to establish a part-time house call practice. She also taught Human Anatomy and Physiology and developed and taught a Veterinary Assistant certification program at Cape Cod Community College. Dr. Mahoney enjoys working with students and learning from them.

Hearing the screams from a slaughterhouse during a veterinary school course visit was the moment the reality of what animals go through behind (many kinds) of closed doors became clear to her. She is committed to helping animals through opening closed doors, advocacy, and legislative efforts.

Dr. Mahoney and several other veterinarians and animal welfare activists met with legislators to advise on and promote a state farm animal protection bill. When it was not supported by the state legislature, she was one of 1000 volunteers who asked community members for signatures in support of a ballot measure, and Proposition 3 was passed by over 77% of the voters. She also supported successful legislation making Massachusetts one of only three states that prohibit non-therapeutic devocalization of dogs.

Under Massachusetts’ Nero's Law, Dr. Mahoney is now a volunteer trainer teaching EMTs to humanely care for and transport police dogs injured in the line of duty.

She enjoys painting, music, and activities with family and friends.

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