Shelby Baden, DVM
Bachelor’s of Science, Biology– University of Georgia
Minor, French – University of Georgia
Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine – University of Georgia
Why Emergency Medicine:
Emergency Medicine came into my life unexpectedly. I started clinics during my third year of veterinary school, and up until that point had expected to go into general practice. However, I soon realized that I thrived in a more fast-paced environment. I wanted to perform the lifesaving surgeries and lead the medical management of complex cases. I started to become interested in emergency medicine during my externships over the summer. The majority of the practices I worked in also provided urgent care and I noticed that I gravitated towards these cases. I began to explore emergency veterinarian medicine as a career path, talking with various emergency vets and getting their views on life as a new grad emergency vet. Over the past year, emergency medicine has become a passion. The most rewarding part of working in emergency medicine is supporting patients and their families in times of need. It is incredible to see a critical case finally be able to leave the hospital, knowing that you helped save that animal’s life.
Dr. Shelby Baden grew up in Roswell, GA. She graduated Cum Laude with Honor’s from the University of Georgia (UGA) with a Bachelor’s in Biology and a minor in French. In the four years in between her undergraduate studies and veterinary school, she worked as an au pair in the South of France, lived in Brazil, worked in marketing at a dental company in Santa Barbara, California, and worked as a veterinary assistant at a small animal general practice clinic. She was then accepted into veterinary school at UGA where she served as a Purina Student Representative and President of the International Veterinary Students’ Association (IVSA). During her second year of veterinary school, she received her Yoga Teacher Training certificate and taught yoga once a week to students and faculty at UGA. She also completed the Chi Institute’s certificate course in Small Animal Veterinary Acupuncture during her clinical year and plans to incorporate these skills into her career as an emergency veterinarian.
Dr. Baden will be participating in VEG’s Early Entry Track program this July in Tampa, Florida. She loves all things emergency medicine, including surgery, critical care, endoscopy, and teaching. During her spare time, Dr. Baden loves practicing yoga and spending time with her dog, Apollo, and her family and friends. She also manages a social media platform and blog (@traveling_dogtor, travelingdogtor.com/blog) and seeks to promote positive mental health practices among healthcare professionals.
Get to know me
If I were a superhero, my superpower would be:
I would be able to breathe under water. I love the ocean and I think it would be amazing to be able to swim under water for long periods of time.
What are you happiest doing when you’re not working?
I am happiest spending time outside with my dog, either hiking, walking, or just enjoying the outdoors.
What has been the most rewarding part of your career/position?
The amazing relationships I have built with both my peers in veterinary medicine and the families of the patients I have helped.
The best piece of advice I’ve ever been given is:
Failure is inevitable. Every failure is a door that closes so a better door can open. Instead of viewing failures as bad things, try looking at them as opportunities for something even better to enter your life.