Head Veterinarian

Dr. Kellyn Sweeley

Originally from Massachusetts, Dr. Sweeley began her first internship at the Refuge in 2008 after earning a B.S. in Biology from Manhatten College. Because of her dedication to both the TCWR animals and mission, Kellyn served another two internships at the Refuge before being hired full-time as part of our animal care team.

Kellyn left TCWR in 2014 to attend the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine to focus on Zoological Medicine, with the goal of one day returning home to Turpentine Creek. She graduated in May 2018 and accepted our offer to rejoin us that August as TCWR’s first staff veterinarian.

Besides performing regular medical and dental exams, immunizations, surgeries, and prescribing medications to improve the well-being of resident animals, Dr. Sweeley also conducts weekly visual evaluations of each animal’s physical health and social-psychological wellbeing to provide an individual plan for their lifelong care