Leonard Animal Clinic - August 2019



Pet Gazette New Doc on the Block From Your Hometown Vet WWW.LEONARDANIMALCLINIC.COM

Welcoming Dr. Mikaela Stanislav

Hello, everyone!

my life. Terra helped me so much while I was going through veterinary school. After graduating from Texas A&M University with my doctor of veterinary medicine this past spring, I immediately started looking for a place where I could put my skills to good use. I’m

This is Dr. Mikaela Stanislav, and I’m thrilled to have joined the team at Leonard Animal Clinic.

There are many people who spend their whole lives trying to figure out what they want to do when they grow up. I’m fortunate because I knew I wanted to be a veterinarian ever since I was a little kid. I’ve loved animals all my life and grew up riding horses. When I found out taking care of animals could be your job, I knew that was the path I would take. Having the ability to take care of animals is a really great feeling. Animals can’t speak for themselves. They can’t tell us what’s wrong or why they’re hurting. It’s up to the veterinarian to use their knowledge and skills and work with the owners to help those animals feel better. Veterinarians have a responsibility to help people as much as their pets. I like being able to help people through helping their animals. It’s a sort of two-for-one, and I’m able to bring a little extra joy to pets as well as their humans.

trained to work with large animals as well as smaller pets, and I wanted to start my career in a place where I can do both. Leonard Animal Clinic offered that flexibility in an environment that had been so warm and welcoming. Now that I’ve joined the team, Leonard Animal Clinic will be able to treat large animals again. I’m really excited to go out into the field and do farm calls. I know some clients may be concerned by the fact that I’m fresh out of school. While I’m still working on getting that valuable hands-on experience, I want to assure everyone that I’m coming to Leonard Animal Clinic with all the newest information and research about what’s happening with our pets. Our classes at veterinary school are cutting edge, and we have the best people teaching us. If you have any questions about your pet’s health, don’t hesitate to ask! I have copious amounts of new knowledge, and I’m excited to use that knowledge to help the well-being of all my new patients. –Dr. Mikaela Stanislav

Being the lifelong animal lover I am, it won’t surprise anyone to hear that I have a silver lab named Terra who I raised when I was in undergrad. Terra was supposed to become a service dog for military veterans with PTSD or mobility issues. After I raised her for a year and a half, Terra went on to the next phase of her training. However, she was ultimately let go from the program. Eight months after we said goodbye, I ended up adopting Terra myself. I didn’t expect it, but she’s a good dog, and I’m happy to have her in

I’m able to bring a little extra joy to

pets as well as their humans.”


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