Dr. Sheila Segurson

Director of Research

Maddie's Fund

As the world’s first veterinarian to complete a post-graduate residency in behavior with a focus on shelter animals, Dr. Sheila (D’Arpino) Sergurson is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists with more than 20 years of experience helping animal welfare organizations to improve welfare and outcomes for pets with behavioral concerns or challenges. Her interest in shelter behavior began in 1987 when she volunteered in the behavior department at the San Francisco SPCA. Over the years, she developed a diverse skillset via experiences as a volunteer, student, dog trainer, foster caregiver, veterinarian, shelter veterinary behaviorist, consultant, and teacher. She utilizes that background to help shelters maximize lifesaving and make appropriate outcome decisions for the pets in their care and people in their community. Dr. Segurson has contributed to several online courses and textbooks. She was the first author of University of Florida’s shelter animal behavior and welfare course (online), contributed to the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants’ animal behavior consulting course, contributed to the fear free shelter course and contributed shelter behavior chapters to Blackwell’s Five-minute Veterinary Consult: Canine and Feline and the British Small Animal Veterinary Association’s Manual of Canine and Feline Behavioural Medicine, second edition. She has expertise in behavior programs, including program structure and development, admissions, enrichment, behavioral evaluations, decision-making, behavior modification, foster care, adoption and pet retention programs for dogs and cats.