Dr. Gabrielle Hybki knew at a young age that she wanted to be a medical professional but it wasn’t until she stepped foot into a veterinary hospital in high school that she fell in love with veterinary medicine. Dr. Hybki finds veterinarian medicine to be intriguing and challenging since her patients are not able to talk to her. She finds it very rewarding to see patients recover and walk out the door after coming into the hospital extremely sick.
Why did you decide to specialize in Surgery?
Surgeons are known for being able to fix patients, whether that means repairing a fracture so that they are able to walk again, to removing an abdominal mass so they feel more comfortable has always been inspiring to me. I love the challenge that no case is the same and to be able to go into surgery and have to think on your toes to decide what is the best surgical option for each patient is something that I enjoy doing.
What are your thoughts about returning to VSC for your residency?
VSC holds a special place in my heart! I was born and raised in Southern California, so when I moved to Illinois to be a surgical intern at VSC it was the first time that I ever lived in a different state and away from my family and friends. VSC took me under their wing to help me grow as a doctor but I also grew relationships with the doctors and technical staff that made me feel like I had a home away from home. For someone who has been a hands-on learner, being at VSC, which is a busy practice, has helped me become more confident in my skills. Being trained by amazing surgeons has encouraged me to work hard so I can become like them! When I was offered the surgical residency, I said yes in a heartbeat! I am excited to be able to work with shelter animals and clients who are going to encourage me to be the best surgeon that I can be!
What do you like to do outside of work?
As someone who grew up in SoCal, I love being outside and by water! Since there are no oceans in Illinois, going to Lake Michigan has been my go-to place. I love to paddleboard, attend yoga classes, walk around my favorite parks, and spend time with family. I also love spending time in Chicago and exploring all the events that are happening in the city on a daily basis.
“Saving one animal will not save the world, but surely for that one animal the world will change forever.”- Anonymous