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Introducing Dr. Megan Armor

In the 1990s, Mattel's Teen Talk Barbie infamously said, "math class is tough."  Megan Armor begged to differ. She was raised in Silicon Valley. She loves science, she loves medicine and she loves animals. Veterinary medicine is a great way to combine these passions. Dr. Armor likes deductive reasoning, approaching each case as a mystery to solve, like a veterinary detective.  

126 Megan's undergrad work earned her a biochemistry degree, which she initially applied to scientific research in a lab working on DNA sequencing. She also volunteered, working with animals at a shelter and veterinary hospitals, before making the professional leap from scientific research to veterinary assistant. Once she decided on Veterinary medicine as her lifelong career path, our NorCal local was off to the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine.

Dr. Armor's particular areas of interest are in urgent care, which requires thinking on your feet, as well as surgery and diagnostics, which exercise that deductive reasoning. Like many general practitioners, she enjoys seeing both dogs and cats. But unlike many general practitioners, she also really loves seeing pocket pets, such as rabbits, hamsters, guinea pigs and rodents.
For any animal, Dr. Armor advises that the most important thing a guardian can do is spend quality time and observe their animal every day. This familiarity helps a person pick up on subtle cues, especially as an animal gets older. 
As a native of a region with so many busy people, Dr. Armor knows they appreciate scheduling a routine veterinary appointment during the evening. She also understands sometimes one comes home to find an issue that might best be addressed straight away. Her understanding of the local culture, coupled with her detective-like medical interests, makes her a perfect fit for the evening and urgent care. 
On weekends, Dr. Armor is an avid water sport enthusiast. She is on the boat and wake-boarding in the warm summer months. The winter months can find her snowboarding every other weekend, or sometimes three weekends out of four. She shares her home with a boxer, an orange tabby, and a large Oscar-fish.
Working with animals makes her life feel more worthwhile. As scientifically stimulating as DNA sequencing might have been, it's even more gratifying to apply logical thinking to treat cases all the way to their resolution. Dr. Armor is a true True Silicon Valley story.

Getting to Know Dr. Cynthia Easton

When you were in the third grade, do you remember what you told people you wanted to be when you grew up? A teacher? A fireman? The president? A veterinarian? How many people do you know became what they said as a kid?
Some passions run deeply enough to know early in childhood. Such is the case for Cynthia Easton. She was inspired by her childhood best friend who had lots of pets. Cynthia loved going to her house to play with all of them. Her friend summarily declared she was going to become a vet, and Cynthia decided that's what she would do, too. Her friend never became a vet; however, Cynthia did!
Graduating from UC Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine, Cynthia became Dr. Easton, and performed her internship in surgery and medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. She practiced at Pets Unlimited in San Francisco for 15 years, and along the way developed her deep interest and training in homeopathy, acupuncture, and Chinese veterinary medicine and herbology. These disciplines complement her veterinary interest in internal medicine, and highlight her a unique ability to approach health and disease from a holistic perspective.
Dr. Easton works with dogs and cats (sorry, no pocket pets). The canine and feline provide abounding and fascinating differences, both medically and from a personality perspective. When you factor in the traditional and holistic approaches, that's one complex and interesting profession indeed.
With so much going on, at lunch time there's only one thing to do: run!
Literally, at lunch, you will usually find that Dr. Easton is out on a run. For her, a mid-day run is light running. Nobody can pull off an entire marathon in a lunch hour; however with more time, Dr. Easton runs marathons -- even the famous Boston marathon.
Her husband is also a vet, specializing in veterinary ophthalmology. They live in San Bruno with two kids, neither of whom has the slightest interest in becoming a vet, or even the slightest interest in math or science. One wants to be an artist and the other an event planner. The family pets also include two dogs, koi fish and some turtles. So, while her childhood friend may have pursued other interests, Dr. Cynthia Easton not only became a vet, but she's created the very household she always loved to visit.

Introducing Dr. Sarah Santiago

From the time she was a little girl, asking neighbors to play with their dogs, begging trips to the zoo at every chance, and collecting the animal posters from the National Geographic children's magazine, Sarah Santiago has always been drawn to animals. An internship at the Central Park Zoo in college sealed the deal.

120 Dr. Sarah Santiago with Piglet

From that point on, she devoted herself to studying up for Veterinary School. Mind you, Sarah doesn't shy away from a challenge and always aims high. She chose to apply to the University of California, Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine, and luckily they chose her too. In 2006, Sarah Santiago received her DVM from UC Davis, and became Dr. Santiago.

She left the West Coast to participate in a small animal medicine and surgery internship at Fifth Avenue Veterinary Specialists of New York City. After completing her program, Dr. Santiago practiced medicine in Manhattan's Upper West Side for a few years. But California was calling her back. She practiced for a time in the South Bay before joining the team at Mid-Peninsula Animal Hospital where she has settled in to her professional veterinary home.
She likes to travel but between geographic adventures, Dr. Santiago resides on the the Peninsula with her husband, daughter and French Bulldog, Piglet. She's an avid gardener with culinary passions, including a penchant for baking.
But her primary passion is caring for any animal that loves to be loved. She's made that her life's work and she is grateful that she gets to do this everyday. If pressed, she would claim preventative medicine and internal medicine as her veterinary interests. But to be candid, she went into general practice because she likes the variety of cases that she gets to see.
It's even better than a trip to the zoo.

"Pet Ready!" Packed the House

We thought you might enjoy a few photos from this year's Pet Ready! 2014 event. As our third annual, and best-attended Pet Ready! ever, we couldn't be happier. 

The goal is to help you find out the differences between being earthquake prepared for humans and being prepared for pets (hint: some standard practices for people might actually harm pets). The information and techniques apply to any emergency situation, but as the Boy and Girl Scouts of America say, "be prepared."
Pet Ready! is a fun half-day of information and training from veterinary professionals and emergency response experts, with special appearances this year by Los Altos Hills County Fire District and FEMA Urban Search and Rescue. It's always free for you to attend, and hosted by the Foothill College Student Chapter of the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (SCNAVTA).  
This year's event packed the house with young and old alike, learning, practicing and generally just having a great time. As you enjoy the photos from this year, consider joining us next April.

This Saturday: Get "Pet Ready!" for an Earthquake or Emergency

Join us this Sat. Bring a friend or neighbor. Find out the differences between being prepared for humans and being prepared for pets (hint: some standard practices for people might actually harm pets). 

Pet Ready! is an exciting half-day of information and training from veterinary professionals and emergency response experts to help you get ready for an emergency or the next earthquake as a pet owner. Sponsored by Adobe and Mid-Peninsula Animal Hospitals, there is no cost to you to attend. 
"Pet Ready!" is Saturday, April 19, 1:00pm to 4:00pm, on the Foothill College Campus with special appearances by Los Altos Hills County Fire District and FEMA Urban Search and Rescue dogs. You will get the best information available so you know you are ready. The Foothill College Student Chapter of the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (SCNAVTA) are hosting the event, including a rare public tour of the veterinary tech lab. The vet tech students will also show you proper bandaging techniques.
For more information visit our Pet Ready! page.