Meet the people behind ASPCA® shelter medicine programs and initiatives.
Stephanie Janeczko, DVM, MS, DABVP (Shelter Medicine Practice, Canine & Feline Practice), CAWA, Vice President, Shelter Medicine Services
Dr. Stephanie Janeczko is the Vice President of Shelter Medicine Services at the ASPCA, where she leads the organization’s national shelter medicine work and serves as Program Director for the Julie Morris Shelter Medicine Residency. She and her team also work across the organization to support the integration and alignment of shelter medicine, developing tools, protocols, and trainings for direct-care teams at the ASPCA. Dr. Janeczko completed her DVM in 2004 and a master’s in epidemiology and residency in shelter medicine in 2009, all at Cornell University. She is board certified in Shelter Medicine Practice and Canine & Feline Practice through the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners, and she is a Certified Animal Welfare Administrator. Dr. Janeczko was a member of the organizing committee for a shelter medicine specialty and currently serves as Regent for the specialty. She is a former board member and past president of the Association of Shelter Veterinarians and received that organization's Meritorious Service Award in 2020. Dr. Janeczko has lectured and written extensively on shelter medicine topics and is co-editor of the Infectious Disease Management in Animal Shelters textbook.
Chumkee Aziz DVM, DABVP (Shelter Medicine Practice), Senior Director, Shelter Medicine
Dr. Chumkee Aziz is a Senior Director of Shelter Medicine at the ASPCA. Dr. Aziz obtained her DVM degree at Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine in 2012, completed a general rotating internship with the ASPCA in NYC in 2013, and a shelter medicine residency with the Koret Shelter Medicine Program at the University of California, Davis in 2016. Dr. Aziz is board certified in Shelter Medicine Practice through the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners. She joined the Association of Shelter Veterinarians Board in 2017 and currently serves as the Board President.
Brian DiGangi DVM, MS, DABVP (Canine & Feline Practice, Shelter Medicine Practice), Senior Director, Shelter Medicine
Dr. Brian DiGangi is a Senior Director of Shelter Medicine at the ASPCA. After earning his DVM at the University of Florida in 2006, Dr. DiGangi completed a rotating internship in small animal medicine, surgery, and critical care, a residency in Shelter Animal Medicine, and received his MS in Veterinary Medical Sciences in 2010. Dr. DiGangi has published peer-reviewed research on canine heartworm disease, veterinary field clinics, feline adoption, pregnancy detection, and immunology and authored textbook chapters on sanitation and asepsis, infectious disease management, animal welfare, and animal relocation. He is co-editor of the 2nd edition of Animal Behavior for Shelter Veterinarians and Staff and is board certified in both Canine and Feline Practice and Shelter Medicine Practice by the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners. Dr. DiGangi is a member of the Board of Directors of the American Heartworm Society and served two terms as President of the Association of Shelter Veterinarians from 2015-2016. Dr. DiGangi also holds a position as an Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor of Shelter Medicine at the University of Florida.
Erin Doyle DVM, DABVP (Shelter Medicine Practice), Senior Director, Shelter Medicine & Residency Programs
Dr. Erin Doyle is a Senior Director of Shelter Medicine & Residency Programs in the ASPCA’s Shelter Medicine Services department and is board certified in Shelter Medicine Practice through the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners. Dr. Doyle received her DVM from Tufts University in 2004. After several years in private practice, Dr. Doyle joined the shelter medicine team at the Animal Rescue League of Boston, where she worked for over ten years before joining the ASPCA in June 2018. She also completed a fellowship with the Koret Shelter Medicine Program at UC Davis in 2012. Dr. Doyle is a past president of the Association of Shelter Veterinarians and is an adjunct faculty member in Shelter Medicine at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University.
Elise Gingrich DVM, MPH, MS, DACVPM, DABVP (Shelter Medicine Practice), Senior Director, Shelter Medicine
Dr. Elise Gingrich is a Senior Director of Shelter Medicine with the ASPCA. She earned her DVM from Iowa State University in 2005. After 2 years in private practice, she completed a shelter medicine residency at Colorado State University. During her residency, Dr. Gingrich completed her MPH (through the University of Iowa) in 2007 and earned her MS in Clinical Sciences in 2010. After her residency, Dr. Gingrich worked in municipal and private shelters in Wisconsin and Colorado for nine years before joining the ASPCA in 2019. She is board certified in Shelter Medicine Practice by the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners and also board certified by the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine. Dr. Gingrich was a member of the organizing committee for the shelter medicine specialty and is a past president and former board member of the Association of Shelter Veterinarians.
Biana G. Tamimi BVM&S, CVA, Resident, Shelter Medicine
Dr. Biana G. Tamimi is the first resident in the ASPCA’s Julie Morris Shelter Medicine Residency Program. She completed her degree in veterinary medicine at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland in 2017. As a veterinary student, Dr. Tamimi undertook shelter medicine externships at the Humane Society of Boulder Valley, Santa Fe Animal Shelter, and the Dogs Trust (UK). She founded a free student-run veterinary clinic for the pets of people who are vulnerably housed in Edinburgh. After graduating, she continued providing accessible veterinary care as a regular volunteer vet with the Portland Animal Welfare Team in Oregon. She spent 3 years working in general practice before completing a rotating internship in Edinburgh in 2021. Dr. Tamimi also holds a certificate in Veterinary Acupuncture. In conjunction with her internship, she served as the recent graduate representative for the Scottish Branch of the British Veterinary Association.
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