I always wanted to be a veterinarian, but I hated high school chemistry and biology, and math, and trigonometry. So in college, I chose the business path and obtained a degree in Agriculture Business Management, which led me to banking. But banking was not my first love, so ten years later, with the help of a very supportive husband, I went back to school to study chemistry, biology, trigonometry and physicsand it turned out I enjoyed them all! I was accepted at UC Davis in 1992, and graduated in 1996I was the oldest student in my class! I became a veterinarian because I have always loved animalsthis is why I do what I do. My love for animals compels me try to relieve their suffering, to heal their wounds, to assuage their pain, to calm their fears, and to comfort their owners when death is near. It all boils down to lovelove for animals and love for people. My dad always seemed to be able to spot an animal in distress. One Sunday afternoon, coming back from a drive in the mountains, we saw a lost dog running frantically alongside the road. My dad pulled to car over, opened the door and the dog gratefully jumped in the front seat! (We were in the back seat.) We took him home, gave him water and food, and tried to find his owner. But he was abandoned, so he became our dog.