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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?
 
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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.
 
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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.

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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.
 
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"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.
 
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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.
 
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Birthday Party, this Saturday!

This Saturday, Oct. 19th, 2013 from 11am to 3pm, come by and help us celebrate our Birthdays!  

Mid-Peninsula Animal Hospital celebrates its 50th (1963) and CalTrain celebrates its 150th (1863). 
 
Come on by the 520 Santa Cruz Ave entrance.
 
Enter Free Drawing to Win one of 50 Pet Ready First Aid Kits (value $50)
 
Pick up some free Pet Ready disaster preparedness information. 
 
We're also holding a Pet Adoption Fair in cooperation with the Palo Alto Humane Society and Companions in Waiting.
 
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