Dr. Halligan was the director of veterinary services for the spcaLA for over twelve years and is an
expert in animal-cruelty, having prepared in excess of over one hundred cases for trial as well as
testifying as an expert witness. Additionally, she has presented lectures to law enforcement on
the successful use of forensics in animal cruelty prosecution.
A native of San Diego, Calif., she double-majored in theater and zoology while performing in
animal shows at the San Diego Zoo. In 1989, after graduating from the University of California,
Davis, Doc became acutely aware of the tremendous pet overpopulation problem and seeking to
give a voice to animals and help pet parents everywhere, she moved to Los Angeles in 1993 and
began to passionately lobby on animal- welfare issues.
She is a member of the Screen Actors Guild, American Federation of Television and Radio,
American Veterinary Medical Association, California Veterinary Medical Association, Southern
California Veterinary Medical Association, The Association of Shelter Veterinarians and The
American Veterinary Law Association.
She practices general medicine and surgery at Marina Veterinary Center in Westchester and shares
her life in Marina Del Rey with Ricky and Ethel, two very spoiled and healthy cats! You can learn
more about “Doc” Halligan at her website www.dochalligan.com.