MEET DR. CANDICE EMERSON
Favorite movie featuring animals:
I pretty much love any movie featuring animal (and as a mom of two boys, I have a good excuse to see most of them). But since I have to choose one, I’ll say Beverly Hills Chihuahua. At the time that move came out we had a little Chihuahua rescue named Flower that was born blind and had elaborate back story (that we invented) of how the Coyotes helped her cross the border into Arizona and ended up being adopted into our family. So when the movie came out, it just reinforced Flower’s story. I loved the German Shepherd, Delgado, voiced by Andy Garcia. I wanted a German Shepherd so bad after watching that movie. Somehow I ended up with another Chihuahua instead.
What was your first pet?
When I was in kindergarten, my mom took me to an animal shelter and let me pick out my first puppy. We ended up with a little terrier mix that I named Cuddles. She was in the area of the shelter where they kept the cats and we always said that she thought that she was a cat. She’d catch lizards and leave their skinned bodies at our back door and she could scale our block wall. She was also very tolerant of me and let me dress her up and give her rides in my baby carriage.
Favorite part of working with animals?
The Human-Animal Bond. I love to see and hear how much my clients’ pets enrich their lives.
Where did you grow up?
I was born in Youngstown, OH, but my family moved to Scottsdale, AZ when I was two. Other than the four years I was in Colorado for Veterinary School, I have lived in Scottsdale for virtually my whole life.
Year you started working in the veterinary field:
In 1994, I started volunteering at Liberty Wildlife helping to rehabilitate and release native birds. But my first real job in the veterinary field was when I was hired as a veterinary assistant at the animal hospital where Dr. Rosonke worked in 1997.
Favorite Pet Name:
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