Sarah Heilman Boyd, DVM is a 2004 graduate of North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine with 10 years of experience in shelter medicine and high volume, high quality spay-neuter surgery.
Dr. Boyd is the Lead Veterinarian with the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office Animal Services in Melbourne, FL where she treats everything from injured and ill community cats to bouncy, adolescent dogs to working bomb and patrol canines. Within 3 years, she has helped this governmental agency create and implement life-saving programs such as their Community Cat Program, Finder to Foster Program, Rescue Program, Targeted Spay-Neuter, Owner Surrender Mitigation and Managed Admissions Programs, and has helped their Animal Care Center achieve a Save Rate of 92% or better.
Before coming to the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office, Dr. Boyd was the Director of Shelter Health and Wellness at the Charleston Animal Society in Charleston, SC. During her 6 years with the Animal Society, she helped to establish a Community Cat Program, a record-breaking Adoption Program, and a life-saving Foster and Rescue Program to realize a Live Release Rate of over 90% by treating all the healthy, treatable, broken, and homeless animals that came in to her care.
During 2013-2014, Dr. Boyd completed a Shelter Medicine Fellowship with the University of California Davis, through a generous grant with the ASPCA, and continues on with the fellowship through the University of Wisconsin Madison Shelter Medicine Program as a mentor and alum. Dr. Boyd has spoken at national and local conferences on humane housing and intake management programs. She is a member of the Association of Shelter Veterinarians and is the past president of the Trident Veterinary Medical Association in Charleston, SC. She has strong interests in community cat issues, population management of shelters, and canine behavioral wellbeing.
When not hard at work giving shelter animals dignity and a second chance, Dr. Boyd’s other passion is being a mommy to two very fast, very blonde, beautiful world-changers!