Emme Patterson, DVM
“I remember growing up watching my father and grandfather, both general surgeons in the Memphis area, positively impact others through the practice of good medicine. I hope to do the same for people, by caring and speaking for their pets. “
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Top left to right: kitties Beau and Chérie. Lower left to right: pups Commanche and Nelli. Not pictured is Ace, Molly, and Gin the horses.
Why did you become a vet?
There have been many influential people and situations in my life that have led me to being a veterinarian. The first veterinarian I ever met was a hero in my eyes after he successfully performed a femoral fracture repair on my bunny rabbit, Thumper. Since then, my enthusiasm for learning (especially biology and other sciences) combined with my great love for animals propelled me towards this incredible career. I also remember growing up watching my father and grandfather, both general surgeons in the Memphis area, positively impact others through the practice of good medicine. I hope to do the same for people, by caring and speaking for their pets.
What do you enjoy about your job?
Upon starting vet school, my initial plan was to graduate and specialize in a field. As I made my way through each clinical rotation, I realized that I get excited about them all. Dentistry, ophthalmology, radiology, internal medicine, and especially surgery, among others. When it came down to it, I realized that I couldn’t choose just one and forsake the others. So, general practice was the obvious choice. I feel extremely fortunate to have found a place that fosters a culture of collaboration among the many doctors and that has a wonderful support staff to go along with it. I also truly enjoy “solving” these cases and discovering strategies that improve the lives of my patients and their owners.
I received my Bachelor of Science in Animal and Dairy Science from Mississippi State University in 2014, then went on to receive my DVM from Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2018. I love my MSU Bulldogs!
What do you love most about living in Memphis?
Memphis helped raise me. When I graduated high school and left for college with vet school on my mind, I had big plans of residencies and moving to new places. My parents and 6 of my 7 siblings live in the Memphis area, along with 17 of my nieces and nephews. I realized, after 8 years away, that I wanted to be a bigger part of their lives again. Plus, Memphis just has so much to offer – the great food, music, the Orpheum and many playhouse theaters, the Grizz, the genuine kindness of the people here, and the many horse communities and events. My husband and I love to ride our horses, and we were recently thrilled to find the extensive trails at Shelby Farms!
What secret talent do you wish that you had?
I would love to play the violin like Lindsey Stirling. Or really just play the violin at all!
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