Pansy Suzuki, DVM

Medical Director, VEG H-Street

Va-Md Regional College of Vet Med, graduated 2007

Why Emergency Medicine:
Emergency medicine has been truly rewarding for me: It is tough work, but the reward is exponential… I get to do a little bit of everything – from surgery, to endoscopy, to medicine cases.  You also get to create special bonds with the people that you work alongside (in a very short time!) The sense of accomplishment you get from working in this field is incomparable. The sense of “organized chaos” is what I love – the fast pace, multitasking and efficiency.

Get to know me

If I were a superhero, my superpower would be: 
Never getting sick…The ability to heal and recover quickly – So I can stay healthy to be there for my loved ones and others :)

What are you happiest doing when you’re not working: 
Sharing an experience with people I love… sharing a great meal, traveling to a new place. I make it a point to go for long runs in new places I have never been.

What has been the most rewarding part of your career/position? 
Seeing the humanity and connection that VEG allows with their open floor concept….Witnessing the pureness of my children being around mourning pet parents and seeing them be that bright shining star on the saddest days of loss. Receiving gratitude from those pet parents – I will never forget this feeling of my heart becoming just a little bit bigger in that moment.

The best piece of advice I’ve ever been given is: 
Treat life like a marathon, not a sprint…Slow down and be in the moment and live each day mindfully. Get outside your comfort zone on a regular basis, because this is the way you will grow in so many ways.

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