Meet Tammy: Hospital Manager, Animal Foster, and Karaoke Enthusiast

Tammy is the hospital manager at Richmond Veterinary Clinic.

I grew up on a farm in Illinois and, as a young child, I could often be found bottle feeding baby pigs with my father or following him through the livestock pens. Later in life, I had wonderful experiences working as a receptionist at Texas A&M's Large Animal Hospital in College Station, Texas where, in addition to seeing horses and cattle, we would even treat the occasional camel, ostrich, or tapir!

Tammy with her petsIn fact, while I was working there, one of the ostriches removed the large bow from a secretary as she walked by. It saw the shiny clip and just couldn't resist! She was fine but never ventured that closely again.

My love of animals led me to meeting - and later marrying - my husband, who earned his DVM degree from Texas A&M's College of Veterinary Medicine. Together, we bought and sold two veterinary practices. Every day is rewarding because we’re able to provide help to sick and injured animals.

The most challenging part of being a hospital manager is maintaining a daily balance of all my duties and responsibilities. I strive to keep staff and doctors on track so we can reach peak performance and give our patients and clients the best care and service we can provide.

My family and I have two dogs, a beagle mix named Cubbie and a Chihuahua-Daschund mix, Macy, who we adoringly call Pippy Von Skippy. We also foster animals. We’re currently fostering Arbor Oakley, a kitten we found in a backyard tree.

I love fostering and being able to provide animals with a comfortable environment while they wait for their forever homes. Some fosters are short but one turned into a three-year adventure with a beautiful black Great Dane named Lou. He was hit by a truck in Mississippi and required extensive surgery to repair his elbow and leg. I’m thankful he was brought to us by the Mississippi Great Dane Rescue.

Working for VetCor means the world to me. I’ve learned so much and grown as a manager. I hope to continue providing support to others and contributing to the success of the large group of outstanding people who collectively make VetCor the company it is!

I hope the future brings more of the same good health and good fortune. I wouldn't trade a day of being able to do what I do helping animals and people. My goal is to once again own a veterinary hospital while still managing Richmond Veterinary Clinic where I'm surrounded by wonderful people.

In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my children and friends. I love quiet reading time but I’ve also been known to sing karaoke, although I probably shouldn't!