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Professional Interests

Canine and feline medicine is my passion, and I have a special interest in emergency and surgery. I also have experience with, and interest in, exotics and animal rehabilitation.

Personal Interests

I am an avid traveler who enjoys being immersed in new places and cultures. Before beginning vet school, I took a year off to teach English to students in Korea and travel to six other countries. One of my highlights was spending the summer in the Galapagos Islands, providing medical care to the animals of the local communities. I enjoy quality time with friends, family, and my handsome cat Zed.

Education

VMD from University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine, and BS Animal Science; Magna Cum Laude from Cornell University

How I Got Here

I was born and raised in the suburbs of Chicago, IL with three other siblings. I later moved with my family to Atlanta, GA, where I spent the rest of my childhood and teenage years. I had always had an interest in animals, but was terrified of dogs, especially the golden retriever next door that would chase me. It wasn’t until we got a German Shepherd puppy of our own when I was in third grade that I overcame my fear of dogs and realized the special bond that could exist between humans and animals. I made being a vet my goal, and before I knew it, I had spent four years in Philadelphia, where I obtained my veterinary degree. In my free time I was able to perform over 100 surgeries to help support local shelters. After a year working in general and emergency medicine I was on the lookout for a progressive practice in which I could continually develop my skills in emergency and surgery and that’s when I found Pender!

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