Dr. Boyd is a native of Lancaster County Pennsylvania. Lancaster is known for its strong Amish community, its small town atmosphere, and miles and miles of outlet malls. That is where Vickie’s family raised horses and where Vickie began rescuing animals. She attended the Pennsylvania State University before obtaining her veterinary degree from the University of Tennessee. She worked with all sorts of animals in private practice, including the local zoo and marine aquarium, before completing a postdoctoral fellowship and Masters degree in Comparative Medicine at The Pennsylvania State University. That led to a research career in vaccine development.
Victoria worked with laboratories that developed the technologies of high titer puppy and kitten vaccines, duration of immunity vaccines and schedules, and then the Human Papillomavirus Vaccine which most people know as Gardisil. What many people don’t know is that Gardisil was developed without using induced animal models of cancer. Most of the work was conducted in true spontaneous animal models of contagious cancers. She was always working in shelters as part of her vaccine research and for the past 10 years, the major focus of her work has been Shelter Medicine and High Quality High Volume Spay and Neuter surgery.
She completed the Maddie’s® Graduate Certificate in Shelter Medicine at the University of Florida and was a moderator for the Association of Shelter Veterinarians listserv. She currently serves as an Instructor at the University of Florida in the Shelter Medicine curriculum. Her two passions are making veterinary care available and affordable and community cat management. Both these programs are important life-saving measures that help us keep animals out of shelters. Within the shelter, her focus is emotional wellness and enrichment and her most favorite part of the specialty will always be HQHV surgery!
Victoria only recently moved back to Pennsylvania and to her home town of Lancaster. She shares her home with her younger son, Luke, her wonderful dog, Ricky, several cats, a rabbit, a few snakes, and any number of fosters. Her son shares her love of animals and all of their pets are failed fosters! She owns a locum practice and works in shelter, HQHV, emergency, and general, and academic practice.