Leadership and Staff

Margaret Slater, DVM, PhD

img--MargaretSlater_bioDr. Margaret Slater obtained her DVM from Cornell University and spent a year in small animal practice before returning to Cornell to complete a PhD in epidemiology. She was on the faculty of the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at Texas A&M University from 1990 until 2008, when she joined the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA). She is currently also an Adjunct Professor at Texas A&M University and the University of Illinois.

Dr. Slater’s work has been in the areas of health and disease in companion animals. She has been invited to speak at numerous local, regional and national animal welfare meetings and is internationally recognized for her work on the sources, problems and potential solutions for free-roaming cats and dogs. 

She currently provides epidemiological and statistical support for staff across the ASPCA. Dr. Slater has more than 90 peer-reviewed publications and 2 books. Her book, Community Approaches to Feral Cats: Problems, Alternatives, and Recommendations, was published by the Humane Society Press in 2002. Her invited chapters on feral cats were published in John August’s Consultations in Feline Internal Medicine in 2001 (4th edition) and 2009 (6th edition), The Welfare of Cats in 2004, edited by Irene Rochlitz, and The State of the Animals III, published in 2005 by Humane Society Press.