Raelyn Pirtle, DVM
There’s never been a time in Dr. Pirtle’s life when her family didn’t have dogs running around their house in Bartlett, TN. As a child, she was always picking up turtles, birds, frogs, and any other critters she could find around their property.
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Dr. Pirtle has three dogs named Axel, Nala, and Scout.
Why did you become a vet?
I’ve always been curious and amazed by animals and nature, and I always knew I wanted a career in science and working with animals. I wanted a career that would always challenge me and keep me learning new things every single day, so I decided in high school that becoming a veterinarian would allow me to do all of those things. Around that time, my childhood black lab, Cinder, started having a lot of health issues and caring for her really solidified my decision.
What do you most enjoy about your job?
The clients and their pets! I love meeting new people and learning about their animals. Everyone has a story about their pet and one of my favorite things to do is listen to these stories. I’m very excited to create lasting relationships with my clients and their babies.
BS in Biology from Christian Brothers University 2010; MA in Public Health from University of Tennessee 2014; DVM from University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine 2016
What do you love most about living in Memphis?
l enjoy the people the most. There are truly some wonderful people in this city. I also love the history and soul of Memphis. It will always be home to me!
What secret talent do you wish that you had?
I wish I could communicate with animals. Having that talent would make my job a whole lot easier sometimes!
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