St. Joseph, Missouri
My Pet Family:
I have five cats: Crystal, Coral, Opal, Havarti, and Scream Bean. Crystal is a lynx point Siamese, grumpy, neurotic, and doesn’t like others. Coral and Opal are my two seal point Siamese. Coral has a stuffed dog bone that’s half her size she carries around. Opal is a klepto and steals pens, coins, paperclips, trash, anything and everything. Scream Bean is a gorgeous long-haired lynx point Siamese. Her name comes from the fact that she is full of drama with beans for brains.
I also have three snakes—Rava and Frostbite are corn snakes, and Reggie is a boa constrictor. I rescued Reggie as a 6-year-old snake from a home with improper husbandry and no socialization.
When I’m Not at Cherished Companions, You’ll Find Me…
Rock climbing with my husband or at home being smothered in cats while I read, draw, or mother my numerous houseplants.
Truman State University in Kirksville, MO for my undergrad degree with a BS in Biology, then on to Ross University for vet school on the island of St. Kitts in the Caribbean. My clinical year was completed at the University of Wisconsin.
Why I Became a Vet:
I’ve wanted to be a vet since I was five years old when I discovered an animal doctor existed. Before that, I wanted to be a paleontologist because I was obsessed with dinosaurs.
My Role at Cherished Companions:
The Greatest Thing About Working With Animals Is…
They are so forgiving. Their love is unconditional and building a relationship with you and your pet is very rewarding for me.