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We have more to learn from animals than animals have to learn from us - Anthony Douglas Williams

Professional Interests

I enjoy the diversity of pets and people I get to work with every day. Each person and their pet has a unique story of their relationship. I feel fortunate to have the opportunity to get to know these beloved animals and their human parents and care for them at their time of need.

Personal Interests

I spend much of my free time with my adorable terrier mix, Griffin. My interests include reading, running, hiking and spending time outside. Growing up I was an avid horse-back rider. I competed in western and hunt seat equestrian events on my Quarter horse and continued this sport on equestrian teams in high school and college. My plan is to continue riding when I have the opportunity.

I especially enjoy exploring different cultures and places. I was fortunate to have the opportunity to participate in a veterinary externship at the International Center for Veterinary Services in Beijing, China.

Education

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from The Ohio State University and Bachelor of Science from Grand Valley State University in Allendale, MI

How I Got Here

I grew up on a horse farm in a small town  named Hartland, MI. My exposure to veterinary medicine started from the time I was born, as my mother is a small animal veterinarian. One of my earliest memories is of helping her care for a sick Chihuahua puppy was when I was 3 years old. My life’s goal from that time was to become a veterinarian. I have always loved all animals and wanted to devote my career to bettering the lives of pets and their people. After graduation from veterinary school, I decided I wanted to explore a new place. I fell in love with the DMV area for its history, diversity and natural beauty during visits here. Through Ohio State alumni, I met Dr. Johnson and learned about Pender. I’m thrilled to be working at this progressive practice with such talented colleagues.

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