Dr. Melissa Smith, (from Elizabeth City, NC), received an Associate of Science degree from the College of Albemarle and went on to earn her Bachelor of Science degree, majoring in Biology with a minor in Chemistry from Elizabeth City State University. Dr. Smith went on to receive her Doctorate from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine on the Caribbean Island of St. Kitts, and then completed one year of clinical training at Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine. She is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and is an accredited U.S.D.A. Veterinarian. Dr. Smith’s professional interests include Soft Tissue Surgery, Internal Medicine, Critical/Emergency Care, Cardiology, and Client/Staff Education. Dr. Smith feels that the most rewarding part of working in veterinary care is sharing a pet’s life from birth, all the way through their senior years. “When I am there from the first puppy or kitten visit all the way through when it’s time to say goodbye, and I have had the privilege to help that pet live a happier and healthier life, I feel a sense of fulfillment and pride that I have been able to share such an amazing time with the pet and their owners.” Outside of work, Dr. Smith enjoys spending time with her 2 dogs, Scrubbles and Bella along with her 2 cats Bristol and Phoenix. She also loves traveling, hiking, photography, and scuba diving.