Dr. Robertson is an internationally recognized specialist in shelter medicine who has spent the past fifteen years focused on the creation of efficient processes, improving organizational structure, the utilization of statistics to influence policy choices, and enriched facility design to minimize animal stress while improving overall animal health and well-being. Pre-veterinary medicine, Jyothi studied anthropology and education, examining cultural and race dynamics while performing fieldwork in different continents. This work has influenced her approach to conversations in animal welfare as she consults with organizations. Jyothi is a Principal Consultant for Adisa and JVR Shelter Strategies.
Dr. Robertson possesses extensive board and management experience at both the state and national level, including serving for six years on the Executive Board of the Association of Shelter Veterinarians (ASV). As Chair to the national Animal Welfare Committee (AWC) for the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) she has the opportunity to guide animal welfare policy nationally. Her passion for statistics and metrics earned her a position with the Advisory Board of Shelter Animals Count (SAC), the national shelter database project. These appointments, along with her other volunteer contributions in national endeavors, have guided her in her collaborations with diverse populations to impact change.
Dr. Robertson has worked as the Lead Veterinarian and Medical Director for Oakland Animal Services. She completed her veterinary degree and residency from UC-Davis and her undergraduate degree from Princeton University. She is boarded with the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners in Shelter Medicine. Jyothi resides in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband, three children, two dogs, one cat, one tortoise and various fish. Her passion project for the past 2 years has been the development of the Journey You Own, a platform for weaving spirituality and awareness through highlighting social injustice, animal welfare, climate change, and education.