Who is this Elliott Garber character, and why should you care enough to stick around for a while?
I am a husband, father, veterinarian, Army officer, public health practitioner, and author.
I married my beautiful wife Becca in January 2010, met my irresistible daughter in April 2011, and welcomed a new baby boy in January 2013.
I graduated from Tufts University in Massachusetts in 2009 with degrees in veterinary medicine (DVM), public health (MPH), and comparative biomedical sciences (MS). In 2013, I passed the qualifying exams to become a Diplomate in the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine. Before that, I spent four wonderful years in Charlottesville studying biology, Spanish, and religious studies at the University of Virginia.
Along the way, I have applied for and won hundreds of thousands of dollars (yes, you read that right) of scholarship and fellowship money, enabling me to pursue my far-reaching dreams of working with an incredible variety of creatures all over the world. This money took me to study zoonotic diseases in India and Mozambique, work with wildlife in South Africa and Australia, contribute to livestock and agricultural development projects in Haiti and Bolivia, learn about marine mammals in San Diego, and practice on zoo animals in Washington, D.C.
I have written for and been featured in the New York Times, the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association (JAVMA), Veterinary Compendium, Veterinary Practice News, and the Tufts University Magazine.
So what does all this mean for you? Basically, I’ve learned a few tricks of the trade over the years, and I would love to share them with the world. I’ve been right where you are, whether that’s as a high school, undergrad, or veterinary student, or even a practicing veterinarian still wondering if there might be something else out there for him or her.
I’ve always loved and will always love dogs and cats, but I never wanted to spend my whole life taking care of their ear infections, skin irritations, and annual vaccines. I want to remind you of and expose you to all the other possibilities within the diverse field of veterinary medicine.
I’m going to help you stay motivated about pursuing your career goals and life dreams, and I will give you the resources you need to actually make it happen.
Don’t worry though; I’m not so conceited as to believe that I alone hold all the secrets to success. I’m really just a fellow traveler, still figuring out my own way.
This leads us finally to the most helpful thing about me, and consequently, this website: I know people who know people. Yep, and I’m going to bring them here to share their stories and secrets with you.