Sarah Wilson was an Animal Biology honors graduate of University of Guelph in Canada. After graduation, she chose to stay and enroll in the Veterinary Technician Program there, graduating with distinction from this program as well.
After working for a few years as a registered veterinary technician at Guelph Animal Hospital doing everything from surgical monitoring to emergency care and rehabilitation, she took a break for a cruise through Grand Cayman with her cousin.
“I saw the residences of St. Matthew’s, and learned that there was a veterinary school there." As a Canadian, and only able to apply in your province for veterinary school she saw as potentially a great option and decided on St. Matthew’s for her studies. “It just happened and I was really happy. I loved the small classes and my whole experience there.”
While at St. Matthews, Sarah was awarded a Pfizer Animal Health Veterinary Student Scholarship to help with her education, quite an accolade for a veterinary student. This program was launched to address the issue of student debt and its impact on the future of the veterinary profession, and has strict criteria for their applicants.
Upon completion of Basic Sciences at St. Matthew's, Sarah went to Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatchewan for her clinical year where she developed a solid small animal base, but was also able to get a good large animal foundation. After her clinical year and excelling in her work, she was offered a one-year Rotating Small Animal Internship. The rotating internship included small animal internal medicine, emergency medicine, small animal surgery, diagnostic imaging, anesthesia, oncology, dermatology and rehabilitation. Upon completion Sarah spent six months more there working as a Clinical Associate with the team and focusing more on small animal internal medicine and emergency medicine.
Having a passion for the study of nutrition, Sarah applied and was accepted into the University of California, Davis Small Animal Clinical Nutrition Residency (rated the #1 med school that year). Here she focused her training on dog and cat nutrition, including providing consulting services for veterinarians around the world, as well as clinically managing nutrition cases in hospital or in conjunction with other specialty services: internal medicine, dialysis, dermatology, oncology, dentistry, and surgery. Her work included lectures to veterinarians, as well as lecturing first and second veterinary students on various topics (including home-prepared diets in dogs and cats), as well as educating fourth year veterinary students on management of cases using clinical nutritional.
Sarah is passionate about her work and is currently working as a veterinary nutritionist consultant to help smaller pet food companies provide appropriate and balanced products to consumers and their pets.