Dr. Melanie Barnett-Fisher

“Growing up on a horse farm we leased our barns to various horse trainers over the years and it seemed as if we had a veterinarian out on a weekly basis.  Every time the vet would come, I always had to be a part of everything that was going on, trying to learn as much as I could.”

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Dr. Barnett-Fisher has two dogs, two ctas, six horses, and a plethora of chickens, turkeys, and guineas. 

Hometown

Collierville, TN

Why did you become a vet?

Ever since I can remember I have wanted to become a veterinarian.  Growing up on a horse farm we leased our barns to various horse trainers over the years and it seemed as if we had a veterinarian out on a weekly basis.  Every time the vet would come, I always had to be a part of everything that was going on, trying to learn as much as I could.  I know a lot has changed since then, but also a lot is the same.  I finally reached my goal of becoming a veterinarian, however, I still am just as passionate about veterinary medicine as I have always been and love that there is always more to learn and accomplish in this field.

What do you enjoy about your job?

I enjoy the close interaction that I have my clients and their pets.  It is so rewarding to heal a sick patient and to see the happiness they bring to their family when they get to go back home.  I also love the fact that as a general practitioner in veterinary medicine we get to participate in so many disciplines from surgery to medicine and everything in between.

Education

Bachelor of Science- University of Memphis

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine- Mississippi State University

What do you love most about living in Memphis?

This is my home and always has been so there is something special with that alone. My favorite part of living here is that I can live on a farm with all of my animals and enjoy the great outdoors but can be in the city in no time for great food and entertainment.  I also love the Memphis Grizzlies and have been a proud season ticket holder since 2001. Go Grizz!!!

What secret talent do you wish that you had?

I wish that I could dunk like Michael Jordan.

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