Meet Dr. Wallis: Dr. Wallis is our newest doctor here at MVAH. She can treat both large and small animals and considering some of her job hazards she will have no problem getting into the salty spitoon and now we are ready to bestow upon her the title of the toughest person in the office.
Q: What made you want to become a veterinarian?
A: I always wanted to be a veterinarian since I was little, I grew up raising animals and did a lot of 4-H and FFA so it was just natural for me to go into the veterinary field.
Q: What was your reason for coming to MVAH?
A: I do both traditional and holistic medicine, and I like that this is a truly integrative practice because we can work in conjunction with traditional and holistic and not view one as a replacement for the other, and instead it gives us more tools to pull out of our bag to help our patients.
Q: What do you enjoy most about your job?
A: That it’s something different everyday, it’s not the same thing day in and day out I just like the variety.
Q: Is there any specialties that only you do?
A: Yes, I can treat large animals as well specifically horses.
Q: What’s the difference between treating a horse versus a dog?
A: (Laughs) I would say the most obvious would be the size, with a dog when I’m doing an adjustment or placing needles I can easily manipulate the dog however I would need to but if I’m doing an adjustment on a horse I need to stand on bales so I can get high enough. But no matter if a large or small animal you have to be able to read the patient and know what they will and won’t be able to tolerate and with the horses you have to be a little more aware of what is going on because they can hurt quite a bit than a small animal can.
Q: I’ve seen some of those videos where a horse kicks someone, it looks like it hurts has that ever happened to you?
A: Oh yeah I’ve been kicked before, and it does hurt.
Q: Tell me something about you?
A: When I’m not here at MVAH I have my own practice where I work on horses and other large animals out in smith valley.
Q: What is your favorite animal or patient, and if you could be any animal what would you be?
A: I don’t have a favorite patient but I really do love working on horses they are my favorite to work with. If I could be any animal I wold probably be a horse because they are so beautiful when they are moving and I like to think that would be me, that or a platypus just to confuse people so they can ask what is that.
Don’t forget to check back next week, for the next Team Member of the Week