Shea CoxImmediate Past President
Dr. Cox graduated from Michigan State University in 2001. Prior to offering hospice and palliative care, her veterinary career had been spent solely in an emergency and critical care setting for 13 years prior to launching Bridge Veterinary Services nearly 5 years ago. Dr. Cox has since integrated her hospice services into two referral specialty hospitals in the Bay Area and continues to develop this niche in end of life care. Dr. Cox’s change in focus was a natural extension, as life prior to veterinary medicine involved a career as a Registered Nurse. For nearly a decade, she worked first-hand in areas of home health care, transitional care, and hospice environments, giving her an understanding of this service and its importance to the entire family unit.
Dr. Cox is one of four Hospice and Palliative Care consultants for VIN and has authored nine chapters for two upcoming veterinary textbooks, Hospice and Palliative Care for Companion Animals: Principles and Practice and Treatment and Care of the Geriatric Veterinary Patient. She was also on the panel of experts that developed the AAHA/IAAHPC End of Life Care Guidelines for Dogs and Cats, which will be released in the fall of 2016.
Dr. Cox currently is the 2018 IAAHPC President and holds position on the Executive Committee for the American Association of Human Animal Bond Veterinarians.