During his freshman year at Auburn University, a part-time job inspired Dr. Drew McWatters to pursue a career in veterinary medicine. “I worked as an assistant in a veterinary clinic, and that’s when I decided I wanted to take care of animals as my profession.”
Dr. McWatters has an orange and white tabby cat called Aubie and a gray and white tabby called Emmie. The couple rescued their Golden Retriever, Brinkley, from the Memphis Area Golden Retriever Rescue.
Why did you become a vet?
I became a vet because it allows me to help both animals and people. Pets are family members for most of my clients, and when a family member is injured or ill it is stressful and hard on the rest of the family. As a vet, I can help the animal with their physical health which, in turn, helps the owner with their emotional health. Many think you become a vet if you love animals but don’t like people. For me, that could not be further from the truth. I became a vet because I love animals and I love people
What do you most enjoy about your job?
No two patients are the same which means no two appointments are the same. Each day is guaranteed to be completely different than the one before it, and the one that will come after it. I also really enjoy the people I meet and interact with every day. Many of my clients have become more like friends and family to me over the years and those relationships mean a lot to me.
B.S. Animal Science from Auburn University; DVM from The University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine.
What do you love most about living in Memphis?
The people. The people of the 901 area code are friendly, hard-working, and caring. It’s hard to meet a stranger in Memphis and the surrounding areas. People who grow up in Memphis often search for “greener pastures” as they get older but those who move to the area as adults usually fall in love. As a native Memphian, I am proud to call 901 my home. The barbecue is also pretty good.
What secret talent do you wish that you had?
I wish I could play the piano. I’ve always been musical, but it’s an instrument I’ve never taken the time to learn.