Amy Freeman

Santa Rosa Veterinary Hospital- Staff Feature

Artist and animal lover, Amy Freeman, contributes her creative and soulful energy to Santa Rosa Veterinary Hospital as a skilled vet assistant. Since 2018, she's been an essential member of the SRVH staff-helping surgeries run smoothly and communicating with you and Dr. Krome about your pet's condition, needs and care.

 

Ever since she was a kid growing up in Los Angeles and later Santa Rosa, she's had a special connection with animals. Amy's mom told her stories of their Sheltie Sugar who slept under Amy's crib. "My mom says Sugar was almost like my second mother."  When Amy was a bit older, Cecil, a stunning Snowshoe cat, became her guardian and one of her closest friends. "He was the king of the block, but at home he was the sweetest companion anyone could ask for.

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Amy Freeman

Santa Rosa Veterinary Hospital
Staff Feature

Artist and animal lover, Amy Freeman, contributes her creative and soulful energy to Santa Rosa Veterinary Hospital as a skilled vet assistant. Since 2018, she's been an essential member of the SRVH staff-helping surgeries run smoothly and communicating with you and Dr. Krome about your pet's condition, needs and care.

Ever since she was a kid growing up in Los Angeles and later Santa Rosa, she's had a special connection with animals. Amy's mom told her stories of their Sheltie Sugar who slept under Amy's crib. "My mom says Sugar was almost like my second mother."  When Amy was a bit older, Cecil, a stunning Snowshoe cat, became her guardian and one of her closest friends. "He was the king of the block, but at home he was the sweetest companion anyone could ask for.

Some of Amy's Artwork

Although her domestic animal companions are deeply important to Amy, her passion is working with wildlife.

"For the first eight years of my life, I cared deeply for orcas. This was then segued into my love of wolves." When her family lived in LA, there wasn't enough access to nature. When they moved north to Santa Rosa she began exploring the Sonoma County woods and coastline. That's when her love for wildlife, and especially wolves, blossomed. She started watching wolf documentaries, visiting wolf sanctuaries and attended a wolf tracking camp in the Boise National Forest. These animals have inspired her artistic works ever since.

She is currently in school to double major in veterinary medicine and art.

Amy's dream is to "bridge the gap between her two interests."  She is a traditional oil and acrylic artist and is now learning to make artwork digitally. Due to COVID, her in-person art classes have been put on hold, so for now she is focusing on getting her veterinary technician license.

Although Amy always loved caring for animals, her dedication to her profession was cemented after a 2012 service trip to Rajasthan in India. "Though the trip was an incredible experience, the thing that stood out to me more than anything else was the sheer number of stray dogs in horrible, injured, and suffering conditions."

Now, her day-to-day involves taking care of both domestic and wild animals.

No wolves yet, but hopefully someday soon! "The most exciting days are when animals come to the hospital from wildlife sanctuaries or Safari West."  It was an honor, she remembers, to work on a beautiful Serval cat that came in with a broken leg. 

Amy works in surgery most days alongside the RVTs to get blood work and administers any premedications.  She draws blood, places IVs and catheters, assists with intubating and monitoring anesthesia. "Most of what I know, I learned from Hannah! She is such a wonderful teacher."  

Written by Roxanne Darrow - 2/24/2021

Written by Roxanne Darrow - 2/24/2021