Video Length: 75 Minutes
For open admission or limited intake animal shelters, managing admissions and utilizing an Intake Mitigation Program will benefit the animals in your community, the animals in your care, decrease their length of stay, allow your shelter to operate within your life saving capacity, and also allow your shelter to help more animals every year.
This course has been pre-approved for Certified Animal Welfare Administrator continuing education credits.
Sarah Heilman Boyd, DVM is a 2004 graduate of North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine with 10 years of experience in shelter medicine and high volume, high quality spay-neuter surgery.
Dr. Boyd is the Lead Veterinarian with the Brevard County Sheriff's Office Animal Services in Melbourne, FL where she treats everything from injured and ill community cats to bouncy, adolescent dogs to working bomb and patrol canines. Within 3 years, she has helped this governmental agency create and implement life-saving programs such as their Community Cat Program, Finder to Foster Program, Rescue Program, Targeted Spay-Neuter, Owner Surrender Mitigation and Managed Admissions Programs, and has helped their Animal Care Center achieve a Save Rate of 92% or better.
Before coming to the Brevard County Sheriff's Office, Dr. Boyd was the Director of Shelter Health and Wellness at the Charleston Animal Society in Charleston, SC. During her 6 years with the Animal Society, she helped to establish a Community Cat Program, a record-breaking Adoption Program, and a life-saving Foster and Rescue Program to realize a Live Release Rate of over 90% by treating all the healthy, treatable, broken, and homeless animals that came in to her care.
During 2013-2014, Dr. Boyd completed a Shelter Medicine Fellowship with the University of California Davis, through a generous grant with the ASPCA, and continues on with the fellowship through the University of Wisconsin Madison Shelter Medicine Program as a mentor and alum. Dr. Boyd has spoken at national and local conferences on humane housing and intake management programs. She is a member of the Association of Shelter Veterinarians and is the past president of the Trident Veterinary Medical Association in Charleston, SC. She has strong interests in community cat issues, population management of shelters, and canine behavioral wellbeing.
When not hard at work giving shelter animals dignity and a second chance, Dr. Boyd's other passion is being a mommy to two very fast, very blonde, beautiful world-changers!
Joe is a 39-year veteran of law enforcement who currently serves as the Director of Animal Services where he has been assigned since December of 2014. A Unit that was recently honored as the Animal Control Agency of the Year for the State of Florida. Retiring after 30 years of service from the Melbourne Police Department as the Deputy Chief of Police in March of 2009, he became the Chief of Police with the Canaveral Port Authority, creating Florida's first Seaport Police Department, where he led the department to accredited status in 2013. In October of 2014, Chief Hellebrand retired from Port Canaveral to join the Brevard County Sheriff's Office Command Team.
He has a bachelor's degree in Public Administration from Barry University and a master's degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Central Florida. He is a proud graduate of the FBI National Academy 197th session; the FBI's Executive Development Center (LEEDS), the Florida Department of Law Enforcement's Executive Institute and has attended over 4000 hours of law enforcement training.
During his career he served in a variety of positions to include Field Training Officer, Canine Officer, Swat Officer/team Leader, Sergeant, Lieutenant, Emergency Services Team Commander, Operations Commander, Support Services Commander, Deputy Chief of Police and Chief of Police.
Joe Hellebrand is a certified police instructor, an Adjunct Professor for the Florida Institute of Technology and Columbia College, an Advisory Board member for Kaplan University, is a past President of the Florida Chapter of the FBI National Academy Associates (FBINAA), currently serves on the FBINAA Executive Board as a Vice President and will serve as the National President in 2021. He is a two (2) time President of the Brevard County Chiefs of Police Association, serves as Chairman of the Central Florida Law Enforcement Data Consortium, is a Board Member for the Center for Law Enforcement Technology Training and Research and is a Committee Co-Chair for the Regional Domestic Security Task Force.
He is a proud parent and grandparent who enjoys spending his spare time in the outdoors.