We have the most heartbreaking news to share. Dr. Shauna Waite has passed away unexpectedly. Shauna was an incredible veterinarian, a respected colleague, loving mother, and a cherished friend. But, most importantly, she was an amazing person who touched the lives of people everywhere she went. She spent her life volunteering for people and animals in need. From developing after school programs in Thailand to working with wildlife veterinarians in Africa, she left this world a better place everywhere she went.
We have lost an incredible team member. And the world has lost an irreplaceable person. Our heart is with her friends, family, and loved ones, and we will do our best to preserve her spirit in everything we do.
Shauna, we’ll miss you dearly.
Dr. Waite comes to us from warm places. She was born and raised in Southern California, earned her BS degrees at UC Davis, graduated from St. George’s University Veterinary School in Grenada, West Indies, and interned in Atlanta and practiced in Florida. From the time she was a young teenager, she has been passionate about working and volunteering for animals; both companion and those found in the Zoo. She has a special interest and talent in surgery. Dr. Waite has visited Thailand to develop after-school programs with Athletes in Action Christian Mission. She has worked with wildlife veterinarians in Africa to capture animals in need of relocation. She also offers extraordinary service to our local Humane Rescue Alliance, raising funds and volunteering medical services.
Dr. Waite travels extensively and enjoys almost any physical outdoor activity, including running, biking, surfing, and scuba. She and her husband James have recently rescued a dog, a victim of Hurricane Harvey in Houston, after volunteering. He joins the rest of the rescued family, including another dog, two cats, and a gecko.