By Staff Reports
Sandra J. Strong, a certified animal welfare scientist, has been named as the next director of Orange County Animal Services. Strong currently serves as chief veterinarian and senior manager of the Wake County Animal Center, where she has worked since 2013.
She recently became board certified in animal welfare by the American College of Animal Welfare. She earned her undergraduate degree in zoology and her doctorate in veterinary medicine from N.C. State University. She has a certificate in public health leadership from UNC.
She is a veterinary instructor for NCSU College of Veterinary Medicine. She served in the Army Veterinary Corps in Germany, where she was chief of special pathogens, Veterinary Lab Europe, and achieved the rank of captain. She has also worked in private veterinarian practices.
Strong succeeds Bob Marotto, who retired in March after 16 years leading OCAS. She will begin her new duties in June.