Dr. Wakefield has been a relief vet since 2012 and a consultant since 2010. She consults for non-profits and private companies. Her veterinary relief practice is primarily ER but includes GP as well. Prior to that, she provided veterinary care in multiple departments of the ASPCA (including the Manhattan shelter and Humane Law Enforcement) for 5 years. Dr. Wakefield currently lives in Victor, Idaho, where she enjoys regular outdoor adventures near the Grand Tetons.
In 2006, Dr. Wakefield published the first American study on the health of cats eating vegetarian diets in JAVMA (The Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association). She presented the study results both at the AAVN Nutrition Symposium and the Nestle-Purina Nutrition Forum. She has been interviewed for Cat Fancy, Tails and Whole Life Times magazines about cats and dogs eating vegan diets. Dr. Wakefield was the featured speaker for The Seed’s event “Vegan Dogs: The Truth About Fido’s Meatless Diet.” Dr. Ian McDonald interviewed her on the Vegan Option radio show regarding vegan cats. Dr. Wakefield appeared on TV’s Animal Precinct discussing companion animal neglect and mistreatment.
Dr. Wakefield holds a VMD from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. She completed a rotating internship in small animal medicine and surgery at the Bergh Memorial Animal Hospital of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in New York City. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Rutgers University, where she graduated through the honors program and with a minor in Biology. Dr. Wakefield founded the University of Pennsylvania Veterinary Animal Welfare Society, a group that organizes educational sessions for veterinary students.