Franklin D. McMillan, DVM, director of well-being studies

Franklin D. McMillan, DVM has been the director of well-being studies at Best Friends Animal Society since 2007.  Prior to this he was in private practice for 23 years as well as clinical professor of medicine at the Western University of Health Sciences College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Frank is board-certified in the veterinary specialties of small animal internal medicine and animal welfare. His research concerns animal quality of life and the mental health and emotional well-being of animals who have endured hardship, adversity, and psychological trauma — the goal of these studies is to better understand the effects of trauma and to develop new therapies to restore to these animals a life of enjoyment rather than one filled with fear and emotional distress. Dr. Frank lectures worldwide and has published dozens of scientific journal articles and is the author of the textbook Mental Health and Well-Being in Animals, and a book for the general public titled Unlocking the Animal Mind.