MELISSA PARTIN, DVM
Dr. Melissa Partin grew up in Florida and graduated from the University of Florida with a BS in Zoology. Despite being raised in a tropical climate, she decided to brave the cold to attend veterinary school in a city, earning her DVM from the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine. In 2005, she fulfilled her dream of making the Bay Area her home. She moved to Sweden and Germany to spend time with family in 2014, and she was thrilled to have found a home at The Grand Lake Veterinary Hospital when she returned.
“I loved the idea of combining science with helping animals and people. I was drawn to the fact that a veterinarian’s job is physical and hands-on, as well as intellectual and verbal. Also, the patients are adorable! Pets mean family. They are a connection to nature, something outside of the world of people, things, and technology. At every visit, I try my best to make my patient comfortable and have their parent feel listened to,” says Dr. Partin.
Dr. Partin has strong interests in preventative medicine, behavior, and surgery. She volunteered for Rural Area Veterinary Services in Guatemala, on Easter Island and American Indian Reservations. These days, she volunteers with VET SOS, which provides free veterinary care for the pets of people experiencing homelessness. She also tutors children through Reading Partners, a literacy non-profit. She enjoys camping, hiking, city biking, snowboarding, traveling, practicing her Swedish and learning Spanish. Except for one sad year in a college dorm room, she has never lived in a home without four-legged companions (her cats even went to Europe when she lived there). Her current menagerie includes her human family made up of a husband and son; kitties Diego and Leon; and a pit bull-shaped mix breed named Ned (pictured).