Alice D'Amore, D.V.M.
I have been caring for sick and injured animals, both domesticated and wild, for as long as I can remember. From the time I was five-years-old, growing up in eastern Pennsylvania, I can recall many rescue attempts made for in-need rabbits, birds, mice, squirrels, cats and dogs, which led me to early volunteer work with various wildlife rehabilitation organizations (I was vaccinated against the rabies virus by twenty-years-old!). Interestingly, I was also a voracious fiction-o-phile as a child, which led to a lifelong love of literature. I earned my B.S. in Biology and worked in a human microbiology and toxicology laboratory before returning to earn my M.A. in English from Kutztown University of Pennsylvania in 2003. While working on my doctorate in post-colonial literature and teaching at Purdue University in 2004, I began taking elective courses in veterinary and human neurology, histology, pharmacology and epidemiology in order to prepare myself for a doctorate program in veterinary medicine. Taking a “breather” from the English dissertation, I graduated from Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, California, with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 2011 before completing a challenging medical internship at MSPCA-Angell Animal Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts, in 2012.
Most of my spare time is devoted to completing that dissertation, hiking, kayaking and traveling abroad as well as spending time with my husband Phil and our two dogs, a neurotic rescued pit bull named Daisy Mae and a rescued Labrador/Staffordshire cross named Casper (he’s a little less neurotic), and my six adopted cats (Creeker, Thomas, Frank, Ernest, Snowball and Leila, all of whom enjoy the outdoor “catio” that Phil has built for them). Like Dr. Altman and our office manager Robin, I lead a vegan lifestyle, and I am grateful that San Diego has such an array of wonderful plant-based foods to offer!