I decided to become a veterinarian while studying mechanical engineering. This happened because the engineering school was across the street from the veterinary school. Looking out from my engineering classroom window, it looked much more fun to work on and fix animals than machines. I have always had a “fix it” mentality taking things apart and putting them back together at a young age. So, I changed majors to Biology and later Animal Science hoping to be a vet someday. The Biology and Animal Science degrees along with my time in engineering school taught me to think objectively and has made veterinary practice extremely rewarding. The more complex the problem the better. My engineering background has also been helpful in my understanding and operation of the high-tech equipment that we have access to at VetnCare.
In 1981 I reopened the San Francisco Pet Hospital that was closed due to sudden death of the veterinarian/owner. The hospital was founded in 1906. I worked there doing advanced general practice until 2018. The practice had grown significantly over 37 years, and it went from me as the only employee to four doctors and a support staff of about 15. Since 2018 I have been giving back to the veterinary community by mentoring young veterinarians in medicine, surgery, and veterinary practice management.
Passing along my skills to the younger generation of veterinarians has been very rewarding. I bring 45 years of practice experience to the table. I am confident that I will improve the lives and skills of all my VetnCare team members as well as the animals we serve. When not in one of our many hospitals you can find me on the slopes with skis on my feet. In the winter here in North America and in the summer in Argentina or Chile. New Zealand is next on my list for a summer ski adventure!