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Dr. Roxanne Suarez, Ross University Alumni

Dr. Roxanne J. Suarez, DVM, is an alum of Ross University’s School of Veterinary Medicine and a part of the Banfield family for 11 years. We caught up with her to chat about staying close to her alma mater, transitioning from student life to a clinic, and her love of Muay Thai boxing.  

How have you stayed connected to the school as an alumnus?  

I've stayed connected to the Ross Veterinary School campus by participating and presenting at WIVC for the past three years. I also participate in Banfield/Ross lunch and learns, student dinners, virtual presentations about the Banfield SJP program, and Banfield/Ross liaison training where I hosted strategy calls. 

Why did you choose this profession? 

I've always had a passion for helping animals and the owners who care for them. I enjoy learning the why behind what we do in veterinary medicine with internal and surgical cases. 

What tips can you share for a student on the transition from school to doing their clinical?  

Take it all in! Don't be afraid to ask questions. Most importantly, seek out a mentor. The one thing I wish I would have done sooner was to seek out a mentor. As Veterinarians, we have been trained not to seek help and to figure out everything ourselves. I am glad the profession is slowly changing this culture and recognizing that this mindset is not healthy long term. You will be happier and grow in this field if you have a good support system. 

Any general words of wisdom for a student?  

Grades do not define you! Grades do not measure the potential of how good of a DVM you will be. Always remind yourself of why you chose to pursue this profession. Don't lose sight of your passion. My mantra when I was in Veterinary School—Work hard, play harder!  

How did the onboarding experience support you?  

Banfield's onboarding experience allows a seamless transition from a veterinary student to a confident veterinarian. It alleviates the anxiety and fear of making a mistake because you have a hospital support system with your mentor doctor and your team. Your coach DVM and team are there to support you and build your confidence so you can put what you learned in veterinary school into practice. There's always someone around to go over a case with you. 

What are you proud of in working for Banfield?  

I'm proud that I have been able to build my knowledge in veterinary medicine and surgery to help so many clients and pets, as well as mentor and coach many DVMs and CVT/LVTs to reach their highest potential. Many of whom have become COS and PMs in Banfield. I love that I can influence and help many DVMs and teams throughout our many Banfield markets. I'm grateful for an opportunity to share my knowledge and support DVM students before they enter the field of veterinary medicine. 

How do you like to spend your time outside of work? 

I enjoy spending quality time with my family, running, MMA/Muay Thai workouts, cooking new dishes, gardening, and traveling. I also like to volunteer my time to do career days at my alma mater (middle school, high school, and college). 

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