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Ben Rucker, DVM

“The light bulb finally went off during my own dog’s annual vet visit one year as I watched our vet doing his work, and I realized I wanted to be on the other side of the exam table doing what he was doing. I applied to college classes the very next day and haven’t turned back since!”

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Dr. Ben Rucker
Opie

Dr. Rucker’s beagle mix, Opie.

Hometown

Nashville, TN

Why did you become a vet?

It took me until my mid-20’s to figure it out, but it is the perfect career for me because it brings together so many of my favorite things — science, animals, helping people, problem-solving, and working with my hands. The light bulb finally went off during my own dog’s annual vet visit one year as I watched our vet doing his work, and I realized I wanted to be on the other side of the exam table doing what he was doing. I applied to college classes the very next day and haven’t turned back since!

What do you enjoy about your job?

I enjoy giving a voice to the voiceless. The animals that we all consider family and love unconditionally can’t speak up for themselves, and I love using my knowledge and experience to give them a voice in the small way that I can. And I love that this career is a never-ending learning experience.

Education

University of Tennessee, BS in Animal Science, 2015; BS in Journalism and Electronic Media, 2008 (University of Tennessee)
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, 2020 (University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine)

What do you love most about living in Memphis?

I love the community here! I am new to the city, but my family and I have been welcomed so lovingly by all of our neighbors. I am very excited to plug in to the community more and to learn the best hiking spots, kayaking spots, and climbing at the new climbing gyms that were recently built here.

What secret talent do you wish that you had?

I wish I could dance like a trained professional. My lack of talent doesn’t usually stop me from busting moves when the time is right, but I wish I had talent to back it up!

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