Going Places: These Grads Found Success as Mobile Vets
If you’re the kind of person who doesn’t like to sit still—or simply enjoys a change of scenery—you might want to consider going mobile. Becoming a mobile vet, that is.
Meet three Ross grads who struck out on their own and took their practice on the road -- and learn how much their clients appreciate it.
A Career Changer Takes a New Path
Name: Katie Alexander, DVM
Location: From Jackson Hole, WY and Teton Valley, ID
Practice: Wydaho Mobile Vet
After eight years as an engineer, this Class of 2015 alum started a second career as a veterinarian. She designed her own hospital, which includes a surgical table with anesthesia, digital radiography, lab equipment and a fully stocked pharmacy. Compared to when she worked at a traditional practice, Dr. Alexander says she sees far fewer patients per day, but gets to spend more time with each. And she's cut costs, too.
“We are a complete general veterinary practice. Anything you expect your general practitioner to do, we can do.”
Read her story at Jackson Hole News & Guide>>
Ensuring Access for All
Name: Andy VanGorder, DVM
Location: Central Pennsylvania (State College to Lock Haven area)
Practice: Happy Paws Mobile Vet
Dr. VanGorder, 26, launched Happy Paws Mobile Vet in January and recently began seeing clients. The practice provides a range of services, including general wellness exams, vaccinations, lab diagnostics, microchip services and nail trims. Dr. VanGorder says he saw the need after working in a traditional clinic.
“We would get a lot of calls from the homebound or specifically the elderly who didn’t have access to the clinic. Or a lot of times people may have dogs that are bigger or may have difficulty getting to the clinic as well.”
Read his story at Centre Daily Times>>
Have Your Van (And Park It, Too)
Name: Eleanor Acworth, DVM
Location: Mid-Hudson Valley area, New York
Practice: All Animal Veterinary Services
Dr. Acworth travels to dairy farms, animal rescue sites, private pet owners and everywhere in between to treat her patients. In addition, she recently added office visits to her repertoire, with a new brick-and-mortar headquarters for her practice in Modena, NY.
“I’m mobile, I run around the countryside. On Tuesday, I’m going to work on an alpaca, and then vaccinate a horse.”
Read her story on Hudson Valley One>>