Dr. Grant Miller was born and raised in the Bay Area and has ridden dressage horses from a young age. By 13 years old, Grant knew that he wanted to devote his life to horses by becoming a large animal veterinarian. He attended the University of California at Davis and received his undergraduate degree in Animal Science in 1999 and immediately began veterinary school at the same institution. Grant graduated from UCD in 2004 and has worked as a large animal practitioner in California’s Sonoma and Marin counties ever since. He has obtained acupuncture, dentistry, and ultrasound certifications since graduating and is currently pursuing a certificate in forensic veterinary medicine.
While in veterinary school, Grant saw a need to help horses by assisting law enforcement in horse abuse cases, and he pledged to do so by educating and assisting officers in practice. In 2007, Grant founded the Sonoma County CHANGE Program, a 501c(3) corporation that provides support services to the Sonoma County Animal Control department in cases of horse neglect, abandonment and abuse. Since its inception just over two years ago, CHANGE has helped 33 horses through its unique network of community volunteer transporters and foster barns. CHANGE has successfully rehabilitated dozens of horses in critical condition and found loving adoptive families for them. Grant donates all of his veterinary services to the program, and his employer, Sonoma Marin Veterinary Service, donates all veterinary supplies at cost.
In addition to rescuing horses, Grant works with the Sonoma County District Attorney to prosecute animal abusers. Since 2007, he has been involved as an expert witness in ten court cases, all of which have resulted in convictions of offenders. Grant donates all of his time as an expert witness to the DA. In addition to working full time as large animal veterinarian and heading the CHANGE Program, he serves as chair to the California Veterinary Medical Association’s Legislative Committee, as a member of the CVMA Agriculture committee, the Political Action Committee, and the Animal Welfare Committee. Grant has served as an Advisory Board member for the UC Davis Veterinary Hospital and has served on the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine Admissions Committee. He lectures to Animal Control officers throughout California through his role as the large animal veterinarian for the Marin Humane Society. Recently, Grant was recognized by the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors with the County Seal Award for his community service efforts, and was awarded the 2009 Red Cross Hero Award for founding CHANGE.
Grant attributes much of his motivation to his own horse “Red,” and believes that together, citizens of the horse community can raise the minimal acceptable standard of horse care at the local level by supporting their Animal Control Department and lobbying their district attorneys to prosecute animal abusers. According to Grant, “simply caring for horses who are victims of abuse and neglect without addressing the root of the issue enables the problem.” Thus, he has committed himself to the multi-pronged approach of both rescue and legal pursuit of abusers in his own community. “It all starts, and ends, with the law. The law is the bottom line,” says Grant, “and if you enforce the law, you can pull the standard of horse care up by the boot strings.”