Alumna Helps Educate Community on Pet Care Through Radio Show
Tune into KHTS AM-1220 on a Tuesday morning, and you just might hear RUSVM alumna Jaimie Ronchetto, DVM, sharing her veterinary expertise with her community.
Dr. Ronchetto, the owner of Cinema Veterinary Centre in Valencia, CA has a recurring guest spot on the local radio station. It’s a way for her to provide useful information to local pet owners and give back to her hometown.
We caught up with Dr. Ronchetto to learn more about her radio presence and career path.
RUSVM: What kinds of topics do you cover on air?
Dr. Ronchetto: Anything that’s useful and timely. Often, I answer actual questions that I’ve received from clients at the clinic. It gets the education out there to a bigger audience.
In the past, we’ve talked about why spaying and neutering are important, major diseases we see in dogs and cats, arthritis treatment, how to help newly adopted pets ease into their environment, allergies, toxic foods and plants, how to keep your pets safe and healthy during the holidays… the list goes on.
RUSVM: How often does the show run?
Dr. Ronchetto: I have a 5-to-10-minute spot with the morning host of the radio show twice a month. It’s really fun! I’ve been doing it for about a year and a half now.
It’s great to be able to serve the Santa Clarita community and their pets, because this is where I grew up. My parents and many of my friends still live here. I was away at school for several years, so it felt good to come back after graduating and get settled.
RUSVM: What attracted you to RUSVM?
Dr. Ronchetto: I liked that you were able to get involved in hands-on work at RUSVM sooner than many other schools. I did take a leap of faith going to Ross, as it was very far away. But it ended up being a wonderful experience.
I completed my clinical rotations at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. It was a little nerve-wracking, the idea of matriculating into a class that’s been together for three years. Everybody was so welcoming, though—the Cornell students, the clinicians, everybody. It felt seamless going from Ross to Cornell.
RUSVM: How did you go about opening your own clinic?
Dr. Ronchetto: After graduating, I took the California state boards and worked at a couple different clinics in the Valencia area as an associate veterinarian. Then, I decided to start my own practice. It was scary—but I felt like it was the right move and I was ready for it. I didn’t want to just go and get another job as an associate, because I didn’t feel like I was growing anymore.
So I worked with some consultants that specialized in startups and who helped me as much as possible.
Now, I’ve been in business for myself for almost four years. It’s a lot of work, but it’s my project, and I can grow as much as I want to.
For more on Dr. Ronchetto (and plenty of pet advice), check out her radio show recaps.