Shirley Russman, DVM, Associate Veterinarian

DVM, University of Wisconsin-Madison
MS, University of Illinois


Dr. Russman was born in Chicago, Illinois. She attended undergraduate school at Lake Forest College in Illinois where she received a BA in Biology and French Literature. In her senior year of college, she completed an internship at the International Crane Foundation in Baraboo, Wisconsin, where she worked with cranes in their conservation and breeding program.

Dr. Russman continued her education earning her MS degree (crane conservation and breeding) at the University of Illinois. She went on to work at the International Crane Foundation for 3 years as Curator of birds. It was there she discovered that working and gaining knowledge in Veterinary Medicine would be of paramount importance in caring for the cranes.

Dr. Russman graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine in 1988.

Dr. Russman moved to New Mexico and has worked at VCA Veterinary Care Animal Hospital and Referral Center for the past 23 years! Dr. Russman sees dogs, cats, birds and exotic animals in her practice and welcomes all new patients.

Dr. Russman lives in Tijeras with her husband, Rich, and cat Spot. In her spare time, Dr. Russman is an avid athlete and enjoys running, biking, and hiking.