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Whitney Ralph, DVM

“For a long time, I wanted to be a teacher. I started college the next year as an agriculture education major and during my first semester decided to switch majors and pursue veterinary school. I realized that being a veterinarian didn’t mean I was giving up my dream of teaching—it only made that dream better!”

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Dr. Whitney Ralph

Hometown

Jackson, TN

Why did you become a vet?

I haven’t always wanted to be a veterinarian, but I sure am happy this is the profession God led me to! I started working at a vet clinic during my senior year of high school cleaning kennels and walking dogs. For a long time, I wanted to be a teacher. I started college the next year as an agriculture education major and during my first semester decided to switch majors and pursue veterinary school. I realized that being a veterinarian didn’t mean I was giving up my dream of teaching—it only made that dream better! As a veterinarian, I have the privilege of educating pet owners and veterinary staff every day…and about one of my favorite topics…Animals!

What do you enjoy about your job?

To go along with educating pet owners, being a veterinarian also means you never stop learning. This profession is always changing and definitely never boring. There is always new research being done on the best tests and treatments and staying current is a challenge. But luckily, I love a good challenge!

Education

I received my bachelor’s degree in Animal Science from the University of Tennessee at Martin. I then received my Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine. Go Vols!

What do you love most about living in Memphis?

I absolutely love being closer to my family who live in Jackson, TN. My husband also has a lot of family in Jonesboro, AR. It is nice to be right in the middle of both our families!

What secret talent do you wish that you had?

Oh, there are so many talents I wish I had…I guess if I had to pick just one, it would be athleticism! I have two left feet and my hand-eye coordination is just about absent. My husband is very athletic and it would be nice to get out there and play some flag football or volleyball at family get-togethers. My Frisbee throwing is slowing improving though!

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