Roberta Westbrook, DVM, a 2004 graduate of the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine, has been named the new chief animal welfare and medical officer for the Houston Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Westbrook, who has now been practicing veterinary medicine for nearly two decades, has been at the Houston SPCA for five years as chief veterinarian. Before joining the Houston SPCA, Westbrook served a small animal practice in Humble, Texas, and worked as a veterinary technician at the Vet Tech Institute of Houston.
In a press release from the Houston SPCA, Westbrook spoke of her love for animal sheltering. “Growing up visiting my grandparent’s farm led me to a career in veterinary medicine, but the Houston SPCA is where I cultivated my passion for animal sheltering,” she said.
Westbrook went on to say her professional focus is on deepening her knowledge of animal sheltering and its evolving structure, as she strives to affect families and communities in a way that encourages pet owners toward responsible pet ownership.
Outside her time at the Houston SPCA, Westbrook teaches students at Texas A&M University about the importance of shelter medicine, and she appears weekly on Houston TV station FOX 26, where she speaks to viewers about a wide variety of pet related subjects.
By Nick Childress