Caroline Schaffer, DVM

Veterinarian and Director

Phone: (334)727-8122

FAX: (334)727-8177


Interest areas include:

  • Safe pet ownership by immunosuppressed people
  • Companion animal behavior counseling
  • Selection and use of animals in nursing homes
  • President of the American Association for Human-Animal Bond Veterinarians, 1999 - 2000

Dr. Schaffer is a veterinarian and assistant professor in the Department of Clinical Sciences. She was appointed as the first director of the Center in 1997.

She served as a small animal practitioner in Ohio and Chicago for 11 years and as a research associate at Iowa State University's College of Veterinary Medicine for two years.

She has worked in veterinary medical fund-raising and public relations at Tuskegee University for nine years. She served as director of the School of Veterinary Medicine's Office of External Affairs from October 1995 to September 1997.

Dr. Schaffer and her Pekingese dogs have provided animal-assisted therapy to nursing home residents in Tuskegee since 1991.

She earned the BS degree in animal science in 1967 and the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree in 1971 from The Ohio State University.

She was recently honored with the Leo Bustad Companion Animal Veterinarian of the Year Award for 2000.  She was selected because of her years of outstanding contributions in human-animal bond activities including teaching, service, and research.