Jennifer was born and raised a “city girl” in Chicago, Illinois, but began her love of small ruminants at petting zoos as a toddler and of horses at the age of 9, when she discovered riding at summer camp. She competed in the “A” circuit hunters and jumpers into her 20’s and went on to be captain of the equestrian team at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut, a small, artsy fartsy liberal arts school.
In college, she pursued an interdisciplinary major called Science in Society with a focus on psychology and women’s studies. Following college, Jennifer attended the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine, receiving an award in Large Animal Internal Medicine. She went on to pursue two years of large animal internships at the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine. The first in Field Service and the second rotating in Internal Medicine, Surgery, and Emergency Services.
Following completion of these internships, Jennifer worked as an associate in a mixed animal private practice, treating everything from kittens to cattle. That year was enough for her to realize her true professional passion was in horses and farm animals, and she was happy to leave the cats and dogs to her colleagues in town.
In 2011, Jennifer joined Loomis Basin Equine Medical Center, and pursued a residency and board certification in Large Animal Emergency and Critical Care. She and Dr. Fielding are two of approximately only 47 veterinarians with this diplomate status in the world. She is thrilled to have stayed on as an after-hours emergency veterinarian at Loomis Basin Equine.
Her professional interests include equine gastrointestinal emergencies, lacerations, trauma, sheep and goat emergencies, and especially dystocias. In her free time, Jennifer and her husband Rich manage their hobby farm of goats, sheep, miniature donkeys, and Scottish Highland cattle, and enjoy most outdoor activities, crossfit, and spending time with family.