Lena DeTar, DVM, DACVPM, DABVP (Shelter Medicine Practice)
President and Shelter Medicine Resources and Expertise Committee Chair
Lena joined the ASV as a student member in 2005 during her first year at the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine. After graduating in 2009, she worked in shelters and low-cost clinics in the western United States before starting a residency program in Shelter Medicine at Oregon State University/Oregon Humane Society in 2013. Lena completed the residency, a master’s program in veterinary science with a Public Health certificate through the University of Florida, and became boarded in Preventive Medicine in 2016 and in Shelter Medicine Practice through ABVP in 2017. Lena is an Associate Clinical Professor at Cornell University’s Maddie’s Shelter Medicine Program, and has served as the interim Director of the program since August 2022. She is Intern Director for new grads providing medical and surgical services at the Tompkins County SPCA, teaches didactic courses to third- and fourth-year students, teaches the clinical rotation in Shelter Medicine, lectures at conferences and veterinary colleges, and consults with regional shelters. She has a passion for research; her areas of study have included infectious disease (especially dermatophytosis), spay-neuter techniques, and shelter medicine education. Lena joined the ASV Board in 2019 and serves on the Position Statements and Continuing Education committees, and as the liaison to Shelter Animals Count. She was one of the editors of the 2nd edition of the Guidelines for Standards of Care in Animal Shelters.