Shea Cox


Dr. Cox graduated from Michigan State University in 2001, and spent the following 13 years in an emergency and critical care setting.  Feeling a disconnect between managing complex or terminal disease conditions with few options for in-home care, Dr. Cox launched Bridge Veterinary Services within the referral hospital in 2012. Her vision was to help "bridge" that gap, and provide alternative options to pets and their families for continued care outside of a hospital setting. Dr. Cox has since integrated hospice services into two referral specialty hospitals in the Bay Area, and continues to develop this niche in end of life care. Dr. Cox’s change in focus was a natural extension, as life prior to veterinary medicine involved a career as a Registered Nurse. For nearly a decade, she worked first-hand in areas of home health care, transitional care, and hospice environments, giving her an understanding of this service and its importance to the entire family unit. 

Dr. Cox is one of four Hospice and Palliative Care consultants for VIN and has authored nine chapters for two upcoming veterinary textbooks, Hospice and Palliative Care for Companion Animals: Principles and Practice and Treatment and Care of the Geriatric Veterinary Patient. She was also on the panel of experts that developed the AAHA/IAAHPC End of Life Care Guidelines for Dogs and Cats, which will be released in 2016. 

Dr. Cox currently serves on the Board of Directors for the IAAHPC and has held a position on the Executive Committee for the American Association of Human Animal Bond Veterinarians for the past four years.