The newest veterinarian at the Los Alamos Animal Clinic is taking the care of animals to a higher level.
Erin Smith is no stranger to the field of veterinary medicine. The Los Alamos native spent time in South Africa in 2011-12 caring for large wild animals such as lions, giraffes, zebras and rhinoceros.
Her interest in wild animals helped her strive to care for the sick animals in South Africa. “I would love to go back, I still have many contacts,” she said.
A 2004 graduate of Los Alamos High School, Smith was on the swim team, with a passion for the sport until an injury forced her to stop competing.
“I’ve had a love for all kinds of animals and was never very squeamish,” she said. Growing up, her home was filled with “critters of all shapes and sizes.”
Smith started at the clinic about a month ago, after graduating from Colorado State University in May as a doctor of veterinary medicine. She also has a bachelor’s of science degree in biochemistry from the University of New Mexico.