Dr. Brittany Watson is the Director of Shelter Medicine and Community Engagement at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. She currently manages medical, surgical, and educational training through electives and primary care, shelter medicine rotations and courses, and community outreach initiatives. Course techniques involve integrating community needs, best teaching practices, and organizational leadership strategies. Penn Vet’s shelter medicine program completes over 4000 surgeries per year and partners with all major sheltering organizations in the city of Philadelphia. She also involves veterinary students in authentic learning experiences including continuing education to shelters, outreach to middle school classrooms, and after-school pipeline programs in conjunction with the medical school.
Dr. Watson was previously the Veterinary Director of Continuing Education Initiatives at Charleston Animal Society (CAS). During her time at CAS, she worked with the education department to develop the veterinary camp curriculum, Shadowing at the Shelter program, and VSI: Veterinary Science Initiative. She received her PhD in Educational Leadership at the University of South Carolina. Her dissertation focused on evidence-based humane education programs and proving changes in knowledge, attitudes, and behavior from the VSI Program.