Joint Venture Partner & Veterinary Surgeon
Unlike a lot of vets, I didn’t grow up knowing I wanted to be a vet and only realised it was the career for me until much later. I grew up in Minnesota in America and worked two jobs growing up: on a farm and in a little privately owned coffee shop. While the farm taught me a lot about the importance of hard work, I will never forget how much I loved getting to know all the regulars at the coffee shop. I graduated from high school and needed to quit these jobs to start my first degree, but never forgot what they taught me. I moved to Wisconsin to study neurobiology at UW Madison.
It was here I met my now husband and the adorable little moggie named Lupita (“little wolf”). I graduated there with a first then we three moved to Los Angeles where I worked in a lab studying children’s leukaemia. The work here was so important but I felt very disconnected to the patients I was helping. I thought back to the coffee shop where I got to know everyone that came in and I thought of how much I loved my little wolf. I also thought about how I needed to see the effects my hard work was helping my patients. I decided then I would become a vet.
We three then moved to Edinburgh where I studied at the beautiful Dick Vet. I was in one of the last classes to get to go through Summerhall, and one of the first classes to get to go to the new campus in Roslin. I qualified in 2013, spent some time in a busy hospital in Coventry England where I would routinely stay 3-5 hours after my shift to learn new surgeries, place E-T tubes, learn new ways to handle internal medicine challenges, etc. I started with Vets4Pets in 2014 and took over the Corstorphine branch in late 2017.
So far, I’m so happy to be here. As I had hoped when going to vet school, my favourite part of being in general practice is meeting new clients and their pets, and I so look forward to getting to know everyone that comes into my room. I’m also currently working on a small animal internal medicine certificate. My other interests in the clinic are ultrasonography, kittens and puppies, clinical pathology, rabbits, general surgery, old animals of all species, anaesthesia and middle aged animals of all species.
Outside the clinic, I am mad about cycling, I also enjoy running, cooking, a good podcast, panel shows (panel shows and beans on toast are my favourite UK things!), music and my little old little wolf, Lupita.