My love for animals developed when I was very young. I have always lived in a household which was open to me bringing home dogs and cats that got lost around the neighborhood, turtles that found their way out of the local park, and birds that got injured or fell out of their nest. I developed a deep respect for nature and felt proud when I could rehabilitate something that might not have survived otherwise. When I got to high school I began volunteering at veterinary clinics, and I knew that was what I wanted to do with the rest of my life.
I attended the University of California San Diego for my undergraduate degree in Ecology, Behavior and Evolution, and also earned a minor in Marine Sciences. This furthered my passion for wildlife rehabilitation and conservation, which I have continued to try and pursue alongside my career in veterinary medicine.
I was lucky enough to attend the University of California, Davis for my veterinary degree, which allowed me to stay in California with my family for the greater part of each year. During the summer breaks from veterinary school, however, I would pursue international opportunities, including a research study on the critically endangered Przewalski’s horses in Hungary and an internship at the World Health Organization. I feel this expanded my world view and allowed me to appreciate what a variety of opportunities exist in the realm of veterinary medicine.
After veterinary school, I did a rotating internship in small animal medicine and surgery, with a strong focus on emergency medicine. I also took time to shadow specialty avian veterinarians and high volume spay/ neuter shelter veterinarians to improve those specific skill sets. While I still harbor a passion for public health, I managed to adopt two cats, a chinchilla and a guinea pig over the course of my veterinary career and feel a responsibility to be a “parent” of sorts for the next chapter of my life!
I am excited to start work at Lifetime Animal Care Center, as I feel it will give me the opportunity to bond with and educate clients about pet care, and be a part of their pet’s long term health and well-being. I understand how easily pets can become part of the family and how consequential their happiness is to our own.
In my spare time I like to hike, bike, and swim, and get outside in the San Diego sun and sea. My significant other is a navy officer, so travel is also a big part of our lives, but we are always the happiest and most fulfilled at home surrounded by our animals.