Dr. Davis decided to become a veterinarian at the age of 10 years, just after reading “All Creatures Great and Small” by James Herriott. She began ‘hanging around’ the veterinary clinic in her home town, working on her best friend’s family dairy and ’rescuing’ and ‘rehoming’ dogs in her home town. She worked two jobs during college; one to pay the bills (at a department store) and one to pursue her dream (at a veterinary hospital).
Dr. Davis was determined to get into UC Davis Veterinary School and succeeded on her second attempt. She worked at the Veterinary Teaching Hospital while in veterinary school. As a newly graduated veterinarian, Dr Davis returned to her hometown of Fallon, Nevada for a year to join a very busy (and very mixed) mixed animal practice for a year. This practice also provided services to Churchill Animal Protection Society (CAPS), a fledgling humane organization that provided the first non-euthanasia option for Fallon’s many stray and abandoned dogs and cats.
Dr. Davis pursued training in Food and Large Animal Medicine at Iowa State University and achieved Board Certification through the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine. A move to Tennessee provided few opportunities for mixed animal practice but an excellent opportunity for advanced training. With a concentration in Immunology and Immunotherapy, her PhD and Post-Doctoral training prepared Dr. Davis for the many medical challenges facing sheltered animals.
Ultimately, academia lost out over hands-on veterinary medicine and by the time she returned to CA in 2001, she’d settled in to the challenges of private small animal practice and shelter medicine and surgery full-time. In addition to working at SCSAC, Dr. Davis is still Veterinarian In-Charge at the City of Salinas Animal Services Shelter, providing medical care for sheltered animals as well as spay/neuter services for The Community Cat Project. Dr. Davis enjoys a quiet ‘country’ life, her family, friends and her many 2 and 4 legged animal companions.
- 2014 co-founded SCSAC
- 2001-present Salinas Animal Shelter, Veterinarian in Charge
- 2005-2012 Monterey County Animal Shelter, Staff Veterinarian
- 2001-2004 Harden Ranch Veterinary Hospital, Salinas, Associate Veterinarian
- 1999-2001 Humane Society of Tennessee Valley, Knoxville, Supervising Veterinarian
- 1998-2001 Emory Road Animal Hospital, Maynardville, TN, Associate Veterinarian, Small Animal Practice
- 1998-2000 OakRidge National Laboratory, OakRidge, TN, Department of Molecular Biology, Radiotherapy Division, Post-Doctoral Fellow under an awarded grant from the National Institute of Health, Department of Allergy and Immunology
- 1998 University of Tennessee at Knoxville, School of Microbiology, PhD Immunology
- 1993-1994 Iowa State University, School of Veterinary Medicine, Clinical Instructor, Large Animal Medicine and Surgery
- 1991-1993 Iowa State University, School of Veterinary Medicine, Residency, Large Animal Internal Medicine
- 1990-1991 Iowa State University, School of Veterinary Medicine, Internship, Food Animal Medicine
- 1989 UC Davis, DVM
- 1985 San Jose State University, BS Molecular Biology
- 1979-1985 Mid-Peninsula Animal Hospital, Menlo Park, CA and Valley Large Animal Hospital, Morgan Hill, CA, Animal Care Technician