Dr. Wakefield’s Bio
Since reading Animal Liberation 1999, Dr. Lorelei Wakefield has been part of the animal rights movement. Her passion is farm animal welfare and reducing the demand for meat, fish and dairy. She provides expert statements based on evidence of farm animal abuse for groups such as Mercy for Animals and Animal Equality. Dr. Wakefield loves dogs and cats too! She spent 3 weeks performing surgery and educating the public for Darwin Animal Doctors in the Galapagos Islands. She volunteered with Remote Access Veterinary Services, Philadelphia Animal Care and Control and Feral Care to help control pet overpopulation. 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 Philadelphia, PA, where she regularly jogs outdoors along the water.
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 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.