Dr. Molly Muedeking

For as long as I can remember, I have been asking my parents for a pony for Christmas. At the age of 8, I decided to try a new tactic… negotiation and compromise. If a pony in the backyard was so “impractical”, how about weekly riding lessons? And that was the beginning of the end.

From there on, I spent every moment I could at the barn and around horses. When I had the opportunity to start playing polo at Garrison Forest School, I jumped at the chance and was hooked. The obsession continued during my time at the University of Virginia. Although I graduated happily with a degree in Art History, it was clear my passion lay with four-legged creatures. All of my free time was either spent riding or caring for the 80 horses we had at the polo club.  My happiest memories involved all manner of four-legged and two-legged friends hanging around the barn. 

Vet school was the obvious next step in my journey. I diligently spent the next year taking all the pre-requisites required to apply to vet school. (Although I passionately loved my Art History education and degree, most vet schools were looking for Bio 101, not Art History 301.)  During that time I applied for a job at Mount Carmel Animal Hospital and was thrilled when they took me on. The staff there patiently taught me the basic skills on which I would build my professional career.  I saw firsthand the long days, hard work, and true passion that went into being a veterinarian and part of a dedicated team. My time as a technician at MCAH offered me insight into the harder aspects of the job, but also how deeply rewarding it could be. This solidified my resolve and confirmed that I had chosen the right career path.

Attending vet school at the Royal Veterinary College in London, England was not only an adventure, but the experience of a lifetime. There it was the constant opportunity to travel that threatened my study time! But there was always a pull back home, and on my breaks I continued to work at MCAH. I found that it was my time in the hospital actually caring for the animals I was studying so hard to learn about that kept me going.

I still don't have a pony, but I do have an old lady rescue dog named “Blue”. Being a vet’s dog, she has her share of medical issues and special needs. She is 100% perfect in my eyes and in my heart. But it’s only a matter of time before a horse makes its way into my backyard… as soon as I have a backyard of my very own!