Jennifer Dewe-Mathews, DVM
Where did you grow up? New City, NY, a suburb of NYC.
When did you move to Florida? I very reluctantly moved to FL in 2004, one week before Hurricane Charlie - Welcome to FL!! It has taken about 7 years for me to adapt. I do however, not miss the snow :)
What was the last book you read? The Day the Crayons Came Home-(great book!)
Name a movie you could watch for the rest of your life: Sixteen Candles or the Breakfast Club (Can you tell I'm a child of the 80's?!)
What school did you attend for your undergraduate and graduate studies? When did you graduate from vet school?
I received my Bachelors of Science in Animal Science from Cornell University. I then spent two years in Washington D.C. obtaining my Masters of Arts in Developmental Biology from American University. I then moved back to the tundra of Ithaca, NY and completed my Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Cornell University in 2003. Upon graduation, I was accepted and completed a rotating internship in small animal medicine and surgery at Oradell Animal Hospital in Paramus, NJ.
What year did you start at EAH and can you tell us something memorable about your first few days?
I joined the practice in June 2008 just prior to Estero Animal Hospital's big move to its current location. For about 2 month, I worked with Kirk and Larry in the very small clinic in the Albertson's plaza on Route 41 and Williams Road. The clinic was so small and the largest cage could only accommodate an 80 pound dog. One day, shortly after I started working there, I opened the bathroom door and a St. Bernard came running out! The bathroom was the only place large enough to house the dog that had been dropped off for radiographs.
Why did you choose Veterinary Medicine?
When I was little, all the little girls I knew were playing with dolls and playing house. I hated dolls and can recall owning one Cabbage Patch kid which my sister "adopted". I did however, have tons of stuffed animals. I would play pet store and animal hospital for hours. I have always wanted to be a veterinarian and was very driven to obtain that goal. This is truly a vocation and not "just a job". I could not imagine doing anything else!
Do you have a special interest in vet med?
I enjoy internal medicine (chronic kidney disease, immune mediated disease, thyroid disease, etc) and the challenges of case work up and management. I have a strong interest in feline medicine, managing the obesity epidemic in our pets, and helping owners handle behavior concerns (separation anxiety, storm anxiety, inappropriate urination).
If there was 1 thing you could change about veterinary medicine what would it be?
I wish that the veterinary medical association would be able to once and for all take a stand and abolish puppy mills in all states. Puppy mills are the source of the majority, if not all, dogs that are sold at pet stores. The conditions in which these dogs live is deplorable. I wish that no dog would suffer this fate and that all dogs and cats in shelters will one day find a forever home.