Introducing our 2020 Cornell Shelter Medicine Interns


All of us here at Maddie’s Shelter Medicine Program at Cornell University are excited to welcome Dr. Joy Keaton and Dr. Liz Mulhall to the team as our 2020 Cornell Shelter Medicine Interns. We look forward to the upcoming year. Welcome!

Dr. Joy Keaton, 2020 Janet L. Swanson Intern of Shelter Medicine

Dr. Joy Keaton, 2020 Cornell Maddie's Shelter Medicine Intern headshot
Dr. Joy Keaton

Dr. Joy Keaton has been working in animal sheltering for the past 16 years. She is a Northeast Ohio native that worked in various roles, including those of Humane Officer and Shelter Manager. After 10 years of working in the shelter environment, she decided to pursue a degree in Veterinary Medicine. Joy received her Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology from Kent State University in 2014 and a Master degree in Veterinary Biomedical Science at Lincoln Memorial University in 2016. She is a recent graduate of Lincoln Memorial University College of Veterinary Medicine where she received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine. While working in shelters over the years, she discovered a lack of accessible veterinary care for many shelter animals. This became the driving force behind her return to higher education and hopes to mentor future veterinarians in the specialty of Shelter Medicine. Joy has a special passion for community care and outreach as well as teaching. She chose Cornell’s Maddie’s Shelter Medicine internship because of its strong mentorship and wonderful community outreach program.

Outside of shelter medicine, Joy has a love of reading while curled up with her 2 cats and Labrador retriever. She enjoys baking for others and having quiet time at home. Her favorite shows to watch include marathons of: Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, Doctor Who and (of course) The Great British Baking Show. Joy hopes to gain more understanding of epidemiology and strengthen her surgical skills during the next year. She is hoping to pursue a residency in Shelter Medicine and to become a boarded Shelter Medicine specialist.

Dr. Liz Mulhall, 2020 Maddie’s Shelter Medicine Intern

Dr. Liz Mulhall, 2020 Cornell Maddie's Shelter Medicine Intern
Dr. Mulhall with Momo, a patient she helped get adopted.

Dr. Liz Mulhall received her B.S. in Biology and Chemistry from Lake Erie College. She then went on to receive her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from the Ohio State University in 2020. While in veterinary school, she was the president of the Shelter Medicine Club and was able to form a fostering program for kittens in need, matching veterinary students with kittens with medical needs. Her areas of interest are community outreach and education, academia, geriatric animal health and special needs care.

Dr. Mulhall has spent the past 10 years working in the animal sheltering world and fell in love with shelter medicine early on. She plans to continue her education after her internship year by pursuing a Shelter Medicine Residency. Her ultimate dream is to help bring the wonderful world of sheltering to the forefront of the veterinary world and help to advance the field as a whole.

In her free time, Liz enjoys spending time with her husband cooking out on the grill or working in the garden. She can also be found exploring all that the Ithaca area has to offer in terms of scenery with her beagle mix, Snoopy. Most of the time though, she can be found just relaxing on the couch with her cats, Amoxicillin and Samantha.


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