Karen Hill Sheppard
Dr. Karen Hill Sheppard pursued a career in veterinary medicine because of her passion for animals. She is a 1992 graduate of Auburn Universitys College of Veterinary Medicine. Until she accepted her current position as director of the Huntsville Animal Services municipal shelter in the fall of 2002, Karen practiced smallanimal medicine and surgery. Huntsville Animal Services finally achieved a 90 percent live release rate in 2015. The foundation of the communitys success was the creation and funding of a lowincome pet sterilization program in 2008, which lowered annual shelter intake from 10,000 to 5,000 animals. By adding a community cat diversion program, lowering adoption fees and being transparent, the shelter staff is now fully engaged with the community. The ongoing goal is to continue to improve in order to save every life possible. Karen completed a yearlong Maddies University of WisconsinMadison Shelter Medicine UC Davis Koret Shelter Medicine fellowship, which provides shelter veterinarian fellows with additional training to help them deliver lifesaving knowledge and services to our nations homeless pets. Currently, Karens family consists of dogs Rat Dog, Marmot, Bunny and Squirrel, cats, horses and her animalloving, tolerant husband, Fred. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with horses, clicker training, hiking and iPhone photography.