Thirteen years ago, I got into the field of companion exotics because I felt that these animals deserve the kind of quality care that other, more traditional pets, routinely receive. I quickly realized that to do this work effectively and with the highest standard of care requires special training and always keeping on the forefront of veterinary knowledge.
Over the next few years, I continued to build knowledge by working in practice, attending educational meetings and choosing a veterinary school that provided an excellent exotics curriculum. Throughout my education, I continued to believe that
Anything worth doing, is worth doing right
Beyond vet school….
Following an intensive year of training at the Animal Medical Center, I was even more convinced that my calling was to work with the exotic creatures that share our homes and the owners that care for them. I was fortunate enough to be matched with the companion exotic residency at UC Davis and worked solely with exotics for 3 years. While at UC Davis, I was seeing complicated cases and feeling helpless when our scientific knowledge could not provide the answers we needed to treat our patients with the care they deserve.
I needed to go further……
Now during my time at Stanford University, I am learning techniques to be able to answer the important scientific questions in our field. During my PhD training, I will continue to work with exotic species in and around the Bay area to make sure I stay current with the important health issues affecting our companions.
Where do I go from here?
Following the completion of my PhD, I hope to be able to help teach upcoming veterinarians, practice medicine at the highest level and perform research into the many cancers that plague birds, reptiles and small mammals. Hopefully, my work in animal cancers may also provide insight into basic tumor biology that may also help human patients as well.
Please explore this website to learn more about my activities in and out of Stanford, my per diem availability and continuing education for exotics.