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Biology: Alumni Profiles

Meet Savannah Hoying, DVM

Dr. Savannah Hoying has enjoyed many unique experiences as a veterinarian since she graduated from UD in 2006. Hoying, who majored in biology and minored in psychology at UD, continued her education at The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine, where she received her doctorate in veterinary medicine in 2010.

Some highlights from Hoying's career include observing the Cincinnati Zoo veterinarian and watching a necropsy of a komodo dragon, and experiencing the challenges of emergency medicine as an emergency veterinarian at the Cincinnati Animal Referral and Emergency Center. Hoying adopted her second dog after treating its injuries in the ER clinic following a car accident.  "The dog's left rear leg required amputation and after performing this surgery, I took her home with me," said Hoying.

In her career, Hoying has also worked at Banfield, the Pet Hospital as a general practice veterinary assistant and at The Ohio State University Galbreath Equine Center as an equine ICU and emergency assistant. Currently, she works at the Suburban Veterinary Clinic in Centerville as a small animal general practitioner. Hoying also serves as a trustee for the Miami Valley Veterinary Medical Association (MVVMA) as administrator for the MVVMA website.  The goal is to reach out to the veterinary community through modern technology and social media. This group hosts continuing education courses and social events for local veterinarians and funds scholarships for local veterinary students and veterinary technician students.

During her time at UD, Hoying took advantage of the many organizations and activities offered by the university. She played club volleyball and participated in multiple intramural sports all four years, and was a member of both the biology fraternity Beta Beta Beta and premedical fraternity Alpha Epsilon Delta. Hoying says she formed many strong friendships and enjoyed meeting new people in UD activities, including her husband Mark, whom she met her first year at an intramural softball game on Founder's Field.

Hoying says that UD biology professor Dr. Robert Kearns had a strong academic and personal impact on her UD education. Kearns was her academic advisor at UD, and Hoying also performed research in his laboratory, where she gained valuable insight about the field of veterinary medicine.

"He was very personable and not only was a great mentor for my degree at UD, but drove me to become the professional I am now," she says. "He is one of the most difficult professors that I have encountered because he demands the best of his students. However, he is willing to work with his students to ensure that they are developing the knowledge necessary to succeed and has confidence in them. We are still great friends as he continues to teach me in many aspects of my life! I hope to be a role model for others and try to give back to the community the way that he helped me."


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