Meet Mallory, the newest extern to join the team at Lone Mountain Animal Hospital!

She was born in Sugar Land, Texas, but grew up in Delaware. According to Mallory, she knew she wanted to become a veterinarian around the time she was 6 or 7-years-old. Originally, she wanted to be a cupcake maker, but her mother told her, “‘You can’t just make cupcakes.'”

“So, then I decided I want to work with animals,” Mallory said. “Because we lived in Texas, I was constantly bringing in things from the outside to try and care for, even though my mother was not happy about it.”

Currently, Mallory is a third-year student at Colorado State University [CSU] and will graduate with a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 2022. She obtained her Bachelors degree in Pre-Veterinary Medicine from the University of Delaware, and her Master’s in Microbiology from CSU. During her time at Colorado State, Mallory has volunteered as a case coordinator for hospice care and guided pet owners when their pets enter the final stages of life.

“I think that’s really a defining moment for a lot of families and their relationships with their pets,” she said. “I like to make it as peaceful, and not a traumatic experience, which it can be sometimes, so I’m really enjoying that right now.”

Mallory has additional experience in caring for exotics and worked as a veterinary assistant in Delaware and Pennsylvania. Nearly every area of animal medicine holds some interest for Mallory, but she listed her top interests as exotics, emergency medicine, critical care, ophthalmology, and preventative care. Mallory learned about the externship program at Lone Mountain from one of her classmates and is most excited to get hands-on experience outside the classroom.

In her spare time, Mallory enjoys hiking with her Coonhound-German Shepard mixed dog Shenzi and cooking. She also adopted a cat named Addy during the quarantine.

“I figured if we’re all stuck inside, I should get another animal!” she said.

Welcome to the team, Mallory!