When I was five years old, I went to visit my grandparents in Ohio. They lived on a farm in a very rural area. It should have been idyllic, but my uncle’s Labrador, who had always been a sweet dog, attacked me. That event left me with permanent scars on my legs and a deep-seated fear of dogs.
Before that point, I was one of those kids who always answered the age-old, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” question with an enthusiastic, “I want to be a vet!” Afterwards, I thought I was going to have to set that goal aside. But despite my fear, the desire to help animals had never left me.
My mother, who is close friends with Dr. Atz and Dr. Babuska, saw my dream being derailed. She put in a good word for me and Drs. A & B took a chance and gave me my first job here at MVC when I was sixteen. They helped teach me how to read animals and how to work with them, and ultimately that allowed me to overcome my fear.
That summer was the first time my dream seemed like it might be able to become a reality.
My education and life took me on quite a journey after that, I studied chemistry and biology at Trinity college of Vermont and then earned my DVM Degree from Ross University in St. Kitts and Missouri, then back to Massachusetts and Connecticut. I have had the privilege to work with many different types of people and animals and to constantly keep learning. Somewhere along the way I picked up a Weimaraner cross, Rosie; a three-legged cat, San; and a mischievous cat, Daisy. But coming back to MVC has been a true homecoming to me, and I am so happy to be a part of this team once again.