Ever since she was a very young girl, Sheri Speede knew she wanted to work with animals, but she had no idea how far her youthful aspirations would take her.
After earning her doctorate in veterinary medicine from Louisiana State University, she moved to the Portland area, and in 1988, became a partner in Pacific Veterinary Hospital. She also served as Portland Veterinary Medical Association’s president.
During her tenure as a partner at PVH and president of the PVMA, Speede realized she wanted to help the animals for whom no one would speak. So, in the mid-90s she sold her share in the veterinary practice to become a full-time animal activist. She took on the role of Northwest director for In Defense of Animals, advocating for victims of industrial agriculture, animal testing, and circuses.