I’m Haven, a veterinary student, and curator of the Domesticates.
I grew up in Alaska with a variety of dogs, cats, rodents and horses. While other interests waxed and waned, animals remained a constant thread throughout my young life.
I was in 4-H, mushed our small team of dogs recreationally, competed with horses, and volunteered at the Fairbanks North Star Borough Animal Shelter for several years.
After graduating from the University of Montana with a degree in German, I relocated to Big Sky, Montana, where I spent the next four years working as a wrangler, groom, and pack guide in Greater Yellowstone ecosystem, learning more about equine behavior and exploring another facet of the human-animal bond.
I had the opportunity to travel to Mozambique to visit family, and brought home the best souvenir possible: a stray beach dog named Cao. Look forward to an entire post on the joys of canine importation.
After completing my pre-veterinary prerequisites at Montana State University, I was accepted to the Professional Veterinary Medicine program at Colorado State University beginning the fall of 2013, and will continue to update this blog with insights from vet school on what I am learning and how it applies to your animals at home throughout my education.
While I’m happy to answer questions to the best of my ability, please remember that I am not yet a DVM, and am no substitute for advice from an established veterinarian, who will have over eight years of training and usually many more of animal medical experience. I strongly encourage you to seek out a veterinarian near you who can develop a proper doctor-patient relationship with your animal, and provide thoughtful and specific advice to you as your animal’s advocate.