Alison Bradshaw, DVM

As she was looking through a college catalog trying to decide what to do with her life, she came across pre-veterinary medicine. “At that point I realized that veterinary medicine is the only career I could see myself doing for the rest of my life.” She is still convinced that it is the greatest job on earth.

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Dr. Bradshaw has two dogs, Bocephus and Willie.

Hometown

Cleveland, MS

Why did you become a vet?

I have always had a special place in my heart for animals, but I did not grow up with a lot of animals, which I think sparked my interest in them. When I had to decide on a career path for college, veterinary medicine was the only career I could see myself enjoying for the rest of my life. Thankfully, everything fell into place, and I was able to continue right through undergraduate and then vet school.

What do you enjoy about your job?

It is difficult for me to choose just one thing I enjoy most about my job. It is a great feeling to wake up and do what I love every day. I also work with the greatest co-workers. We all care about each other, and it’s great to be able to bounce ideas and difficult medical cases off my colleagues. Since practicing at The Pet Hospitals, I have formed bonds with so many pets and their owners; many pets feel like my own. Knowing that I’ve helped patient and client has no comparison.

Education

Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine· Class of 2011
Mississippi State University· B.S. in Biological Sciences 2007

What do you love most about living in Memphis?

Since I grew up in a small Mississippi town, I think my favorite part of living around Memphis is that there is always something going on. My family and I love going to music events and festivals, and the zoo is always a great place to go with the family.

What secret talent do you wish that you had?

If I could choose a secret talent, it would be having a magic crystal ball. It would come in so handy in our profession.

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