I grew up in a family with one dog, but was always lobbying my parents for more animals, especially a pony! As I got older they realized I was serious and responsible enough to acquire and care for small animals, so I gradually accumulated rabbits, hamsters, a parakeet, and fish. It was never really feasible for my family to own a horse, but I was finally allowed to take riding lessons in high school. It was also during high school that I discovered how much I enjoyed biology classes, thanks to some great teachers and more in-depth labs than most high schools usually offer. By the end of high school I was already focused on getting my biology degree in college as a step on the path to attending veterinary school.
A liberal arts undergraduate education opened up interests in many other subjects and a deeper concern for the needs of people around the world. A philosophy professor challenged my career goals, “Do you really want to just go helping animals when there is so much human need in the world?” Yet other professors and my own introspection led me to see that veterinary medicine could indeed be a path of service for others.
After more than 20 years in practice I still enjoy “routine” healthy appointments for the opportunity to interact with people and their pets, to facilitate the relationship between them. I strive to assist my clients, whether by helping them get started with their new puppy or kitten, or working with them in managing a pet’s illness, or guiding them through difficult quality of life decisions. Meeting the needs of dogs, cats, and their people motivates me each day in my work.
- Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California
- Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine in Ithaca, New York.