The Balancing Act

Dr. Michelle Rudd is a veterinarian at Crofton Veterinary Center in Crofton, MD. She is also a wife, mother, and die-hard Washington Capitals fan.

I joined Crofton Veterinary Center as a full-time associate veterinarian in August 2014. I graduated from Kansas State University in 2000 and completed a small animal internship at VCA Veterinary Referral Center in Gaithersburg, Maryland.

Dr. Rudd with her childrenI live in Howard County, MD with my husband Joe and our two children Joseph (a.k.a. Tank), who is 12-years-old (going on 30) and our 10-year-old daughter, Bryn. We have a wonderful dog named Racer-X and a sweet cat named Moon, both rescue animals from hospitals I have worked at. Recently, our son adopted a red-eared slider turtle named Bertha.

We like to spend our free time watching Washington Capitals hockey games, hiking, and playing with our animals. Bryn enjoys karate and is working on her green belt, while Tank is a wrestler for the Howard County Vipers travel team. Between practices, matches, and homework (ugh!) life can be very hectic. Everyone at Crofton Veterinary Center understands the need to practice high-quality medicine and the importance of family and life away from work. Being a VetCor hospital, we are encouraged to build our hospital in the way that allows us this balance.

Joining the staff of Crofton was a major change for me. Prior to joining the team, I was employed full-time in a small animal private practice for seven years! While I loved my job and the people I worked with, trying to balance the ever-growing demands of family life with the demands of my job were getting harder and harder.

I was nervous to make a change after so many years, and like so many people, leery of working for a "corporation." As it turns out, working for a VetCor hospital has been a wonderful decision that has allowed me to focus just as much on my home life as my work life. I look forward to many more years at Crofton and part of the VetCor Family, and who knows – maybe even seeing the Capitals finally win a Stanley Cup one day!