When I was thinking about what to write about for this week’s blog, I thought of a lot of things that are happening here at the Dutchess County Animal Hospital in Poughkeepsie & Dutchess County, N.Y. that are new, exciting, and that you may not know. The main thing being that a new doctor has recently joined our practice. Dr. Monica Belvedere (Johnson) joined our practice in April 2014. She’s been seeing appointments and preforming surgery ever since and we have been able to extend our office hours due to having a second full-time doctor on staff again.
Dr. Belvedere grew up in the Adirondacks on Lake George, NY at a YMCA conference center called Silver Bay. She graduated from Ticonderoga High School, and then received a Bachelor of Science from Cornell University in 2000. Dr. Belvedere graduated in 2005 from Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine in Indiana. She knew from age 4 that she wanted to be a veterinarian. After graduating vet school, she worked in a small animal hospital in Gaithersburg, MD and most recently at Pawsitive Veterinary in Brooklyn, NY. Dr. Belvedere joins our practice with many years of professional experience and we are very happy to have her here. She is very well rounded and in addition to her love of animals, she enjoys running, outdoor activities, and cooking. She’s said she is happy to be living in “upstate” NY where there are trees and stars. She lives in Poughkeepsie with her husband and son.
Wanting to learn more about Dr. Belvedere, I asked her a few interview questions:
Question: “What’s your favorite thing about being a part of the D.C.A.H. team so far?”
Dr. Belvedere’s Answer: “The dedicated, knowledgeable, and experienced staff.”
Question: “What type of surgery/cases do you prefer?”
Dr. Belvedere’s Answer: “All types of soft tissue surgery, dentistry, and I like the variety of sick and healthy animals I get to see as a veterinarian.”
Question: “What was your first pet?”
Dr. Belvedere’s Answer: “Sheva, a Domestic Shorthair Cat that I got when I was 4 years old.”
Question: “What is the most interesting exotic you’ve worked on and what happened with it?”
Dr. Belvedere’s Answer: “A Sugar Glider. I neutered it.”
Question: “You said you knew you wanted to be a vet since 4 years old, what made you want to be a vet at such a young age?”
Dr. Belvedere’s Answer: “My neighbor’s dog got hit by a car and I found out that vets are doctors for animals and I wanted to help animals.”
If you would like to setup a meet and greet or learn more about Dr. Belvedere, please give us a call at 845-452-1316.
Post by Michelle W.