Wallabies, horses, and warthogs are all in a day’s work for Emily von Gal, CVT in Internal Medicine at the Hospital for Large Animals (HLA). Throughout her time at the HLA, Emily has worked with baby giraffes, camels, and exotic donkeys, in addition to the more common large animals. Though she grew up on a dairy farm, Emily wasn’t sure she wanted to work with large animals until her final semester of college.
When she’s not at the HLA, Emily can be found hanging out with Jameson, her 112lb Great Dane mix, and Izzy, a short-haired domestic cat (not pictured).
When Emily started the four-year BS in Veterinary Technology program at Mount Ida College, she had an open mind. She endeavored to get as much experience across the spectrum of veterinary medicine as possible. Through a series of five-week internships she gained experience in emergency care, general practice, research, small animal rehabilitation, and wildlife medicine. Going into her final semester, she had one internship left, which she chose to spend in Internal Medicine at the HLA. She loved it.
Although Emily received job offers from all seven of her internship placements, she decided to stay on at the HLA after graduation. Now, a decade later, Emily still finds fulfillment in the uniqueness, and variety of her work. Every day brings new patients, new cases, and sometimes, new species. A typical day finds her explaining procedures to clients and students, handling patients, and assisting in emergency surgery and ultrasounds.
With ten years in Internal Medicine, Emily is an experienced and valued member of the HLA team and we salute her!