We are proud to have an amazing staff of professionals and para-professionals at Sierra Veterinary Clinic. In previous editions of our newsletter, you have met some of them. This month, we profile Heather Patterson, DVM. Dr Patterson has been an associate veterinarian at SVC for seven years. Growing up in a rural area around animals and saving creatures of all description, she knew as far back as she can remember that she wanted to become a veterinarian. She wanted to be the vet who takes care of childhood pets and helps animals during challenging times.
Dr. Patterson finds her job at the clinic very fulfilling, especially developing relationships with clients and helping the client develop a relationship with his or her pet. A pet can change a household or family and she enjoys helping pet owners strengthen that connection. Dr. Patterson also loves working with the very supportive clinic staff that surrounds her. At the end of a busy day, there is the satisfaction of having helped an animal in need.
When not on the job, Dr. Patterson, along with her husband, Shane Patterson, is busy caring for their three beautiful daughters. The children are seven, five and four years of age; having a husband who is a general physician probably comes in handy. The family lives on three acres of land which allows them room for all of their pets, including three dogs, six cats, six guinea hens, three chickens, one pot bellied pig and a guinea pig! In what free time she has, Dr. Patterson keeps busy with lots of outdoor activities with her children which also helps her to stay physically fit. Her overall health is important so she watches cooking shows on TV when possible and then recreates meals for her family and friends.
For those of you who have never met Dr. Patterson, now you know who she is, or at least a little about her. For those with pets that Dr. Patterson is treating, or treated at one point, now you know why she is such a caring doctor.