Veterinary Medical Officer
Office of New Animal Drug Evaluation
1. Why did you become a veterinarian?
When I was about 10, my grandfather suggested I read All Things Bright and Beautiful. Then he quickly said “No, not this book. You have to read the first one.” About 3 years later I got a well read copy of All Creatures Great and Small. I was hooked. I wanted to be James Herriot. I knew the days he practiced in were gone, but I knew that I wanted to care for animals and have the kinds of relationships with animals and clients that he had. I still have my copy of that book, have read all his other books, and have a few stories of my own.
2. What made you want to work for CVM?
A friend of mine worked for CVM. This was a woman I thought would spend her career in a truck driving from one farm to the next. She seemed to really like her job. As an Army brat, I had always been intrigued with working for the federal government. When a position at CVM became available, I decided that if my friend liked her job so much, CVM must be a great place to work.
3. What is the best thing about being a veterinarian for CVM?
I am part of a system that ensures the health and well being of animals and ensures that people have safe and affordable products from food animals. I never imagined being able to contribute to animals and to my profession this way when I decided I wanted to be a veterinarian.
4. What does Vet 2011 mean to you?
My profession has not been around that long.
My profession was founded by very wise people.
My profession has been, is now and always will be based on service to society.
5. What is your most memorable moment as a veterinarian?
The early morning call I got offering me a position in the next class at the VA-MD Regional College of Veterinary Medicine. I knew it was only a matter of time.