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Given that my first word was “Zack”, the name of our family dog, I seemed destined for a career working with animals. Born in British Columbia, I moved to Ontario at the age of 7 and grew up in Toronto’s east end. I did an undergraduate degree at McGill University with a double major in biology and geology, and completed a master’s degree at Queen’s University in reproductive endocrinology.
During my studies, I volunteered at several animal shelters and veterinary clinics, and as a master’s student, I worked closely with the university veterinarian. It was through these experiences that I realized that veterinary medicine was the career path I wanted to follow.
While studying at the Ontario Veterinary College, I spent time in Africa working with the local veterinarians, I did an externship at the San Diego Zoo, and I did rotations in my final year in both large and small animal medicine. It was small animal medicine, however, that afforded the greatest opportunity to forge strong and rewarding relationships with both animals and people over the long term. I never had any intention of doing a specialization because I love the variety that general practice has to offer, though I’m particularly fond of internal medicine and soft tissue surgery. I graduated in 2009, and there’s still nothing I’d rather be doing with my life.
In my spare time, I love cycling, reading, board games, playing the piano, and spending time with my family. I currently live in southern Etobicoke with my husband Alex, my daughter Natalie, my son Oscar, and my three amazing kitties, Rufus, Ayla, and Lemon.