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Ellen Barry Buco, DVM

Growing up with a family that nurtured a love of many different types of animals fostered her dream of becoming a veterinarian from an early age. “My parents always let me rescue and care for any animal needing love and care since I was a small child. This made me realize from a very early age that I wanted to be a veterinarian.”

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Dr. Barry Buco has two horses, three cats and three dogs (Lu, Belle, Charlie and Maverick pictured)


Germantown, TN

Why did you become a vet?

I knew from an early age that I loved working with and helping animals. My parents allowed me to have many different types of pets growing up. This not only intensified my love for animals, but it also taught me about responsibility.

What do you most enjoy about your job?

From an early age I knew I would love being a veterinarian because I would get to help animals and people. What surprised me when I became a veterinarian was how much I enjoy the challenges of being a veterinarian. Every day involves problem solving and hardly a day goes by that you do not learn something new in this job.


I graduated from the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine in 2013. Shortly after graduating I took a job at a very busy small animal practice in Las Vegas, Nevada. After several years in Las Vegas, I found myself missing the South and I wanted to move back to the Memphis area to be closer to family.

What do you love most about living in Memphis?

I love the running community in Memphis. In my spare time, I am an avid runner. Memphis has a wonderful running community with many running groups and races offered year round.

What secret talent do you wish that you had?

If I could have any secret talent I would be able to cook elaborate recipes with ease. Since I am not innately a fabulous cook, I practice and do many trial and error recipes.

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