Meet Stephanie West

April 1, 2018 -- Dr. Stephanie West lives and breathes veterinary medicine so much so that when she is asked what she likes to do when she is away from the office, the conversation turns back to her profession.

“I love the profession of veterinary medicine,” West said. “I donate my time to mentor other veterinary professionals and students interested in careers.”

She has also volunteered and created classes to teach shelter volunteers, wildlife rehabilitators and the general public about animals and disease. West has served as a member on various board of directors related to veterinary medicine.

West will bring her love of the veterinary profession to Iowa State’s College of Veterinary Medicine this April when she becomes the next director of hospital operations at the Lloyd Veterinary Medical Center. She replaces Dr. Tom Johnson (’71) who is retiring.

A graduate of Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, West has a well-rounded background with experience in both small and large animal private practice. Prior to coming to Iowa State, she worked for the Greater Buffalo (New York) Veterinary Services where she was the hospital administrator for the Veterinary Emergency Clinic and the executive supervisor for Veterinary Wholesale Supply.

She has experience teaching veterinary professional students at Lincoln Memorial University College of Veterinary Medicine and served as program director and professor in the veterinary technology program at Medaille College.

Each of these jobs have instilled in West the need to make a difference in the lives of animals and the people who care for them from primary care to emergency hospitals.

“Emergency situations require talented veterinary staff to evaluate and move quickly when they are needed the most,” West said. “I love making sure the veterinarians and staff have everything they need at that critical time.”

West’s desire to become a veterinarian began at a young age after her mother taught her to love all animals.

“I remember she would show my elementary school class how to gently capture and then release garter snakes,” West said. “Although cats are now my major animal love, I am comfortable with almost all animals.”

Cats have been an important part of West’s life. After her oldest cat recently passed away at 21, she was left with the “baby,” a 12-year-old tortoiseshell named CleoCatra.

“Cleo’s pregnant momma cat was rescued from a dumpster by a friend of mine,” West recalled. “I examined all seven of the kittens on the day they were born and then adopted the runt of the litter.

“I think pet ownership has helped me know the ‘other side’ of worrying about medical and behavioral issues,” she continued. “I understand and can address the anxiety felt by worried pet owners.”