Dr. Ellen Boyd went to veterinary school at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, where she was able to focus on exotic animal medicine and wildlife. She completed an internship at the Audubon Zoo's Center for Research of Endangered Species in New Orleans and stayed for an two additional years as an associate veterinarian. She began her reproductive research with cranes and really began to love working with birds. Dr. Boyd continued working with migratory birds and earned a PhD degree in 2007 from the University of Washington in Seattle doing field work all over the West Coast and the Arctic Circle. Her dissertation focused on avian endocrinology and reproduction.
Before joining the Animal House of Chicago team in 2014, Dr. Boyd worked in shelter medicine at Paws Chicago and as a relief veterinarian at many animal hospitals in the greater Chicago area. Her main interests are exotic animal medicine, general surgery and shelter medicine. Dr. Boyd feels very fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with animals as companions and in their natural habitats.
In her free time, Dr. Boyd loves finding unlikely places all over Chicago to enjoy nature, going camping with her family, snowboarding whenever there is a good snow, throwing the Frisbee for her dog Tigger, and cuddling with Brookley her cat.