Animal Clinic of Kalispell - September 2019




A DREAM COME TRUE Dr. Zoe Ball Comes to The Animal Clinic of Kalispell

If you’ve been by the clinic recently, you probably spotted a new face among the veterinarians. Dr. Zoe Ball graduated from veterinary school this past year, and we’re so excited that she came up from Florida to join us here. Now that she’s settled in, I wanted to give Dr. Ball the opportunity to properly introduce herself.

When I first started veterinary school, I had no idea how I was supposed to learn all the information. Now it’s exciting to

look at a pet and know exactly what to do to help them feel better, or get a new case and be able to use my knowledge and experience to find the answers I need. Two years ago, while I was still in veterinary school in Florida, I began checking out clinics in the Kalispell area. I planned on starting my career in Montana, and I wanted to find a place where I would be the right fit. Right away, The Animal Clinic of Kalispell felt like home. It reminded me of how my parents run their clinic down in Florida: with quality medicine in a quality practice. Both Dr. Clark and Dr. Corum and the clinic manager were extremely welcoming and impressed me from the get-go. Externing here last summer was a great experience, and I was thrilled to come back and join the clinic as a veterinarian. I know some clients might be concerned about having a brand-new veterinarian look after their pet, which is why my priority is building that trust. I don’t want to be the kind of veterinarian who just treats a pet’s symptoms and sends them on their way. My goal is to build relationships with clients so they feel confident asking questions and working with me to improve their pet’s long-term health. I know what it’s like to love a pet. At home, I have an orange tabby cat named Pumpkin who is the neediest cat there could possibly be. I plan on giving every pet who comes to me the same care and attention I give to my Pumpkin.

There are two things I’ve always known about myself: That I would become a veterinarian and that I would one day live in Montana.

The veterinarian dream isn’t that surprising. Both of my parents are veterinarians. Ever since I was in preschool, whenever anyone would ask what I wanted to be when I grew up, I told them I wanted to be a veterinarian. Moving to Montana was more of a challenge. My family is from Florida, but, when I was a little girl, we visited Glacier National Park. I fell in love with the whole state and spent the last 11 years trying to get back there. Now that I’m practicing at The Animal Clinic of Kalispell and have a degree in veterinary medicine, it’s all very surreal. When I was little, I wanted to be a veterinarian so I could play with puppies and kittens all day. That’s what I thought being a veterinarian was all about. Eventually, I grew up and realized there’s a lot more to it. Being a veterinarian is a lot of hard work, and some days are really challenging. But being a veterinarian is also about helping those who don’t have voices. Animals can’t really help themselves when they are sick or hurting; they can’t explain what’s wrong or what they need. Veterinarians have a responsibility to work with the owner to help the pet feel better. I’m excited to take on this responsibility because I feel like I am doing my part in the world by helping animals in need.

It is wonderful to be here today. I’m so proud to say that I did it; I never lost sight of my goals, and today, I am truly living my dream.

–Dr. Zoe Ball



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