Dr. Aaron Spacher, St. George University Alumni
Dr. Aaron Spacher, DVM, is a Banfield Ambassador to his alma mater St. George’s University, School of Veterinary Medicine. We caught up with him to chat about all things Banfield, life as a vet, his advice for veterinary students.
How have you stayed connected to the school as an alumnus?
I visit SGU frequently as a Banfield Ambassador as well as stay in touch with many of my former professors who have become mentors and friends. SGU students frequently reach out to me to discuss vet school and their options after graduation. I enjoy helping these students on their veterinary journey, just like those who guided me on mine.
How long have you been with Banfield?
Since 2014 I have worked for Banfield in multiple roles: SJP, student rep, extern, associate veterinarian, and ambassador to SGU SVM.
Why did you choose this profession?
I grew up having dogs, cats, rabbits, ducks, chickens, and fish as pets. After shadowing multiple veterinarians, I knew I could help improve the lives of countless animals as a veterinarian. I also looked forward to forming bonds with clients who look to me to provide quality healthcare to their four-legged family members.
What tips can you share for a student on the transition from school to doing their clinical?
My transition from SGU to Auburn went smoothly because of the outstanding professors and staff at both schools. It was also helpful to reach out to students in their clinical year or who recently finished at Auburn. I ask them were where to live, tips for each rotation, and, of course, how to make the most out of living somewhere new.
Never be afraid to ask for help from the other veterinarians at your practice or surrounding practices. You can explore your specialty interests as a general practitioner while still having a great work-life balance.
Any general words of wisdom for a student?
Look for opportunities and create your own. I learned so much and met countless people through my leadership positions, which allowed me to reach success early during my veterinary career.
How did the onboarding experience support you?
Being able to grow slowly into my role while having multiple doctors mentor me has proven to be invaluable. I never felt overwhelmed or like I couldn’t ask another doctor for advice or run my plan by them.
What are you proud of in working for Banfield?
The best part about working for Banfield is getting to do the job I love while having an amazing work-life balance. I also get to work with a fantastic team daily that helps each other complete any task at hand.
How do you like to spend your time outside of work?
When I’m not working, I enjoy traveling to new places with my family, walking my two dalmatians, and playing softball with friends.