Tamara Shearer


Dr. Tamara Shearer is a 1986 graduate of the Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine.  In an effort to provide more options for her hospice and palliative care patients, Dr. Shearer has acquired 3 certifications as a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner, Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist, and Certified Veterinary Pain Practitioner.   

In 2004, the Washington Post ran a feature that included her non-profit organization, Pet Hospice and Education Center that she founded in 2003 in Columbus, Ohio.  Her hospice efforts were documented in numerous publications including the AVMA Journal and Veterinary Practice News in 2006. 

She was the recipient of the Ingleheim Behringer Award in for her groundbreaking work in animal hospice and was voted Veterinarian of the Year by the Hartz Mountain Corporation.

Dr. Shearer also received the Ohio Animal Foundation’s Award for Community Service.  

In addition to lecturing at national meetings, Dr. Shearer shared her hospice experiences at the First International Hospice and Palliative Care Symposium at UC Davis and organized the first complete Hospice Tract at the 2010 AVMA Annual Meeting in Atlanta.  

She was a contributing author for a chapter about hospice care in Dr. Gaynor’s, Handbook of Veterinary Pain Management.  Dr. Shearer was the guest editor and author, Veterinary Clinics of North America on hospice and palliative care.  She was also co-author for the text book Hospice and Palliative Care for Companion Animals: Principles and Practice. 

Dr. Shearer is the practice owner of the Western Carolina Animal Pain Clinic where she focuses on rehabilitation, pain management and Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine for palliative care patients.  

Dr. Shearer served as 2009-2010 President of American Association of Human-Animal Bond Veterinarians and is a member of the International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management and the American Association of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine.  

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