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Christina Collins, DVM, MBA - Veterinarian/Owner

Ocala, FL veterinarian

For new All Pets Clinic owner Dr. Christina Collins, being a veterinarian is very literally a dream come true. Since purchasing the practice in July, 2017, Dr. Collins works every day to "meet the individual needs of each beloved pet and their owners with compassion and quality care while working in a family-oriented environment."

Dr. Collins always had a passion for animals, and considered becoming a veterinarian while growing up in the small town of Lisbon, Maine. But despite graduating as the valedictorian of her high school class and being a first-generation college graduate of her family, Dr. Collins doubted her ability to handle the demands of veterinary school.

Dr. Collins put her dream on hold as she pursued a Mathematics degree at the University of Vermont. There, she was the recipient of multiple academic awards as well as the prestigious George V. Kidder Scholarship, which is awarded to only one of the top few College of Arts and Sciences undergraduates "who exemplify both academic excellence and commitment to the community". All the while Dr. Collins’ passion for veterinary medicine was growing stronger, nurtured by some Animal Science courses, 500+ hours of volunteering at the New Hampshire SPCA and the ongoing health issues of her German Shepherd, Gunner.

In 1998 Dr. Collins graduated Summa Cum Laude with a bachelors degree in Mathematics and a minor in Economics and Business Administration, and became a software engineer for Liberty Mutual. It was only as she worked full time as a software engineer, attended school part time, continued volunteering and worked part time caring for boarding animals in a veterinary clinic that Dr. Collins finally realized she had what it took not just to get through vet school but to excel.

"I found my confidence and never looked back," said Dr. Collins. She worked her way up from Kennel Attendant to Veterinary Assistant at Broadview Animal Hospital in Rochester, New Hampshire, and then moved to Raleigh, North Carolina, where she worked first as a Veterinary Assistant and then as a Veterinary Technician at Bowman Animal Hospital before packing her bags for Colorado—and vet school.

During vet school Dr. Collins was one of only a handful of veterinary students enrolled in an elite program that allowed her to earn both her veterinary degree and a Masters of Business Administration. She was a Veterinary Scholarship Trust of New England recipient, and also worked as a United States Department of Agriculture intern, developing reporting systems for disease outbreaks.

In 2013 Dr. Collins fulfilled her dream, earning her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Colorado State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Science.

Today, Dr. Collins is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association. Her professional interests include dermatology, surgery and dentistry. She gets special satisfaction from dealing with challenging cases and “seeing the joy people have after their companions have recovered and are now feeling wonderful again,” and from making clinic visits less stressful for anxious or fearful animals. Dr. Collins also looks forward to the volunteer opportunities that may arise in the community.

Collins enjoys going to coffee shops and the beach, weight lifting and exercising, and listening to live music. At home, she relaxes with her fiancé Alex and their four-legged family: Beckett the Dachshund/Jack Russell mix, Curry the lab mix, and Wilbur the cat. Most recently, the family has opened their home and hearts to a German Shepherd named Hope, who is one of Hurricane Irma’s youngest survivors.

"I am living my dream now and I wouldn’t change any part of it."

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