Dr. Erika Sullivan graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College (OVC) in Guelph, Ontario (Canada) in 2005 with distinction. During her veterinary training, Erika advocated for alternative surgery training that did not involve terminal procedures on live animals and instead participated in an alternative surgical training program where humane cadavers were sourced and used.
Since that time she returned to OVC as an alumnus to educate students on the issue after graduation. Working alongside Animal Alliance, an animal protection group in Toronto, in 2011 director Liz White and Dr. Sullivan were successful in stopping live animal terminal surgeries at OVC.
Dr. Sullivan is passionate about educating her clients on topics such as surgical desexing, shelter adoption, puppy mills and responsible exotic animal ownership. Outside the clinic, she is a spokesperson for several local, national and international projects that dedicate their cause to helping animals. Her passion for animals and traveling abroad has led her to places like Africa to help gorillas and Thailand to help elephants, as well as her current position working as the lead emergency clinician for companion animals and wildlife in South Australia.
Currently, she is working on completing on her PADI Dive Instructor certification as a means of becoming a professional spokesperson for ocean conservation and the plight of marine mammals from issues like shark finning.
You can read more about Dr. Sullivan’s passion for alternatives to live animal use in medical training, as well as her mission to help animals abroad on her website: