Becky Brown, DVM, DACVIM (Oncology)
B.S. in Microbiology and Cell Science
Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine
Did you have a role model? If so, did your role model influence this decision in any way?
My grandfather was an orthopedic surgeon and growing up I looked up to him so much, but he was also just my goofy grandpa. I knew that I wanted to go into a medical field and first considered physical therapy because I had practice ballet from the age of 3 until I left for college. But having grown up around animals and wanting to emulate my grandpa, I chose veterinary medicine.
What motivates you to go above and beyond basic pet care with the services and approach you provide?
I love the relationships that we establish with all members of the families that we care for, pets and humans. Most people unfamiliar with the field of oncology assume that these relationships are short lived because of the uncurable nature of most diseases we treat, but its quite the opposite. I’ve maintained long term relationships with many families, some of which have been through both of my pregnancies and now ask about my young boys! I love hearing and learning about my clients as well, and even joke that one of my current clients is like the Dos Equis man! During one half hour conversation with her I learned about all about her graduate studies in archeology traveling to Eastern Europe, Northern Africa, and then transferring into a career in the U.S. Parks Service working at national parks all over the country. We come to care deeply for the pets we take care of and often their families as well when the have your dedicated time.
If I am a first-time referring pcDVMs, what can I expect when consulting with you?
I’ve very detail oriented so I want to gather all the information that’s been obtained to dates. I tend to start consults by asking what specific questions a pcDVM has because I want to make sure I address the reason for they want a consult. But I also want to make sure that the disease process is understood, why we may make recommendations for specific further diagnostics and what our realistic expectations are with treatment.
Why do pet owners and pcDVMs continue to come back to seek your advice for their pet care needs?
Now that I’m departing my current hospital and have been talking to my clients about my upcoming absence, I’ve received a lot of feedback. Overwhelmingly I’ve heard deep appreciation of how I personally care for them and their pets. I believe that this gets relayed to pcDVMS which is why I’m a preferred oncologist in our area. But I believe that pcDVMs also appreciate that I really try to be pragmatic in my recommendations. I’m going to try to understand an owner’s treatment goals, and make diagnostic and treatment recommendations based on those goals.
What are the specific services or areas of expertise can you help pcDVMs with?
Anything oncologic related. I’m used to seeing undiagnosed cases so am comfortable walking pcDVMs through the steps of trying to obtain diagnoses, but also guiding treatment and providing prognoses that they can prepare their clients for.
What is your approach to teamwork and communication?
I’m a strong believer in open communication, getting all parties involved that can provide input when needed, and talking as a group when comprehensive care needs to be provided, problems need to be solved, etc. The primary reason I’ve enjoyed my current hospital is the collegial relationship that I’ve shared with our other specialists, and I’ve learned so much from them.
If you could only describe yourself with three words, which would you choose?
Empathetic, caring, predictable.