What do you do?
Where do you work and what is your title?
I am the co-owner of Aspenwood Veterinary Hospital, where we provide medical and surgical care for dogs and cats.
What do you do there and/or what are you responsible for?
As the primary veterinarian, I am responsible for diagnosing and treating disease conditions as well as immunizing and providing wellness/ preventative care. I also do numerous dental and surgical procedures which include spays and neuters.
How long have you been doing this kind of work (total)? How long on the Westside?
I graduated from the University of Georgia (veterinary school) in 2009 and first worked in Texas at a small-animal clinic. My husband Cody and I moved to Colorado Springs in June 2011 and purchased this business that July. (He is a boarded veterinary radiologist who consults in Colorado Springs.)
What do you like best about it (other than quitting time)?
There are so many things I love about my job! I love that this profession allows me to interact with both people and animals. There is a special bond between people (owners) and their pets and it’s a privilege to be a part of that bond on a daily basis. Also, I have an amazing staff who make it a pleasure to come to work everyday.
If you could change one thing (other than pay), what would it be?
The amount of abuse and neglect that we see on a daily basis. We work extensively with non-profit rescue agencies in Colorado Springs and unfortunately see many types of abuse, including physical abuse, starvation, and medical neglect. There are so many amazing volunteers and veterinarians trying to assist these animals, but there are so many more that need help and it is heartbreaking.
What part of your work did your training/education never prepare you for?
In veterinary school we are taught how to diagnose and treat diseases but there was not a lot of emphasis on communicating those thoughts to owners. It is vital to have strong communication skills so owners understand and feel comfortable with what you are doing and why you feel it is necessary for their pet.
What makes working on the Westside special?
The Westside has such a special sense of community that I have not been a part of before. I love seeing my clients and their pets outside of work and having that sense of connection.
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