Instead of the usual dog or cat, Dr. Claudia Mangum’s young years were filled with the care of a wide range of animals. “My grandfather had a small farm with horses, cows, dogs, and many other animals. I spent countless hours with him taking care of the animals, and those experiences inspired me to become a vet.”
Dr. Mangum has two Schipperkes, CC and Rudolph; two Golden Retrievers, Roux and Jet; a rescued tabby named Curious George, many fish; a bearded dragon named Pheonix; and three Welsh ponies, Addy, Ranger, and Foster.
Why did you become a vet?
I have always loved animals. My grandfather had a small hobby farm and I spent countless hours with him enjoying the animals – cows, horses, dogs, and cats. These experiences and my grandfather’s vet, who could have passed for James Harriot from All Creatures Great and Small, inspired me to become a vet.
What do you enjoy about your job?
It is very hard to pick one thing I enjoy the most about my job. I love being a part of the client patient team. I like the fact that we can help keep pets healthy with a higher quality of life through preventative care. I really love the fact that every day is a different day with its own challenges and rewards.
DVM from Ms State College of Veterinary Medicine 2002. I worked in a mixed animal practice in Madison MS prior to moving to the Collierville area in 2007. Prior to attending vet school I graduated from the University of Southern MS with a double major in Biology and secondary education and taught middle school for 5 years. I also worked as an equine technician while attending vet school.
What do you love most about living in Memphis?
The Southern hospitality and central location. My family and I enjoy spending time with our horses and doing outdoor activities. We have access to great hunter/jumper, carriage driving and Welsh pony training, showing and competitions as well as living in close proximity to great Fox Hunting country.
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