Dr. Louise Graham joined Galena Veterinary Hospital as an associate veterinarian in February 2016.
Dr. Graham was born and raised in northern England. As a child, she dreamed of becoming a veterinarian, but in high school found a new interest in psychology. She completed a degree in Behavioral Sciences, going on to pursue a diverse career in social work and teaching.
Several years later, after volunteering at the Santa Barbara Zoo, she realized that her eight-year-old self was right and that her true calling was in veterinary medicine. Dr. Graham received her veterinary degree from UC Davis in 2010 as a member of the Phi Zeta honor society. Throughout vet school she volunteered with several spay/neuter feral cat programs and at a shelter in India during one of the summer breaks. After graduating, she completed a small animal internship in surgery, emergency/critical care at PetCare Veterinary Hospital in Santa Rosa.
Her next two years were spent at a busy practice on the Virginia/Tennessee border. She then moved back to California and practiced in the greater Sacramento area before moving to Reno with her husband Rick (a Reno native) who is a Communications professor at TMCC.
In charge of their household are their 2 rescued cats, Monty (who will do anything for popcorn), and Izzy (who terrorizes everyone when she gets her nails trimmed).
Dr. Graham loves her work with animals and their human family members and she holds a deep respect for the important bond between the two. She values being part of a profession that allows her to connect with people on a topic that is deeply close to their hearts. She enjoys the intellectual aspects of general practice medicine and the variety that each day brings. She loves the sense of family and quality of care provided by Galena Veterinary Hospital.
When not rolling around on the floor with the dogs and cats at Galena Veterinary Hospital, Dr. Graham enjoys the outdoor recreational opportunities that living in Reno provides. On many summer weekends, you can find Dr. Graham and her husband hiking and camping. Their winter pursuits include skiing and snowshoeing. International travel is a big part of their lives. In addition to visiting Dr. Graham’s family in England and Switzerland, they love to explore new cultures and environments.