New shelter veterinary director brings depth of knowledge in both domestic and exotic animal care
For Immediate Release
Contact: Erin Long, Marketing Coordinator
Humane Society of Harford County
Fallston, MD (December 7, 2016) – The Humane Society of Harford County (HSHC) announced today that Dr. Kerry Milliken has been appointed to oversee the medical needs of the 4,500 homeless animals HSHC shelters annually. Dr. Milliken has been a practicing veterinarian for over 20 years with an abundance of experience in private practice, zoos and shelter medicine.
Dr. Milliken graduated from the prestigious UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine in 1995 with an emphasis in food and small animal medicine. She has served as a consultant for domestic and exotic animals in the motion picture industry and for private zoological collections, performed high-volume spay and neuter surgery in a mobile clinic, and worked as a clinician in an emergency veterinary hospital. Most recently, she was a veterinarian at Baltimore County Animal Services. She is USDA certified and licensed to practice in the states of California and Maryland.
“I am passionately committed to providing the best medicine for all animals including domestic species, avian, exotic, zoo and farm animals,” Milliken says. “HSHC is filled with compassionate, hard-working animal caretakers. From advising potential adopters to providing life-saving emergency care, this shelter is fueled by a unified concern for animal welfare that I am forever grateful to be a part of.”
“We are so fortunate to have Kerry leading our veterinary team,” says Jen Swanson, HSHC executive director. “Kerry is very excited to launch our first ever surgical suite and perform surgeries, and we are thrilled to finally be able to make sure that all animals adopted from the shelter are spayed or neutered prior to adoption.”
During its grand opening celebration in October, through both private and corporate donations, HSHC secured the funding necessary to outfit its surgical suite with medical supplies and equipment. For the first time in its 70-year history, The Humane Society of Harford County will spay and neuter animals before adopting them into permanent homes.
Dr. Milliken lives on a farm with 3 cats, a dog, 3 parrots, a ball python, a green iguana, 2 miniature donkeys, 3 pot-bellied pigs, 3 goats, 3 emus, 10 chickens and 5 wild bronze turkeys.
“Since joining HSHC, the veterinarians in this area have been so generous with their time and resources,” Milliken remarked. “I cannot wait to be a part of the greater good for not only our animals, but the collective veterinary community as well!”
About the Humane Society of Harford County
The Humane Society of Harford County, Inc., is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) charitable organization dedicated to the welfare and well-being of the approximately 4,500 animals that come to us each year. We promote the kind treatment of homeless, stray and abandoned animals by providing shelter, care, adoptions, and community education. We are not a county agency nor are we affiliated with any national or regional organization. Your tax-deductible donations, bequests, and proceeds from events are crucial to our life-saving efforts on behalf of the animals of our community.