I always wanted a career that would let me make a positive difference in the lives around me, both animal and human. I love the challenge and variety that exists working in veterinary medicine - every day is a new adventure! I want every vet visit to result in the pet and their owner feeling better than before they saw me. Everything from a simple vaccine visit to an end-of-life discussion should ease or prevent suffering, minimize fear and stress, and help owners make the best decisions for themselves and their animals. Compassion comes first. I believe we must approach our patients, their owners, and ourselves with compassion, always. This is my guiding principle in all situations and decisions I am faced with as a veterinarian, from the most simple and routine to the most complex and challenging. I have three very fluffy fur kids at home - my naughty American Eskimo/Border Collie cross named Mulder, and my two longhaired cats Frankie and Ted. Yes, I spend a lot of time vacuuming (sigh).