Caitlin Kupiec, DVM

Emergency

DVM

Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine

Internship

Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine

Professional Memberships

Dr. Caitlin Kupiec went to career day in 2nd grade dressed as a veterinarian and never changed her career path since then. She enjoys spending her day with different cats and dogs but ultimately, chose her career because she found a love of medicine as she continued her education. It’s just a plus that she also enjoys going to work every day!

What sparked your passion to focus on emergency medicine?

My interest in emergency medicine started during my rotating internship, as I spent most of that year in a very busy emergency room. My favorite part of emergency medicine is that you never know what will walk through the door and it’s a field that requires you to be a well-rounded veterinarian. I also discovered that the veterinarian is the source of calm in those stressful, emergent situations and client communication is another aspect of emergency medicine that I am very passionate about.

What are some of the biggest challenges in your area of expertise?

I think the greatest challenge for me is helping owners make difficult decisions for their animal companions, whether that’s difficult because of finances or prognosis. I always want owners to feel that they can trust me to help them through what could be one of their worst days.

Is there a particular case that has inspired you?

Many cases come to mind but the one that stands out is a gunshot wound to the abdomen in a young Husky that I helped managed on intake. I did not know that he was still alive when I pulled him out of the car but after multiple surgeries and a month of extensive care, he walked out of the hospital. It was amazing to see a team come together to save his life when he was rushed through the ICU doors. I will never forget him as a patient, and it made me realize just how far we have come in veterinary medicine and the standard of care that I want to always provide.

What do you like to do outside of work?

Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my family, friends, and two perfect dogs. We love finding new dog parks for them to explore and I am also very passionate about traveling!

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