Susan J. Colbassani‚??s first best friend was a German shepherd named King.
‚??When I was four or five-years-old, we had moved into a house owned by German people and they had a German shepherd,‚?Ě said Dr. Colbassani, Veterinariae Medicinae Doctoris (VMD). ‚??When we moved in, Mrs. Sammer warned my mother that her dog, King, was not very social. He was kind of nasty and didn‚??t like strangers, and to please be careful when the kids are out in the yard. We were there about two weeks and my mother looked out the window, and there I was riding the dog across the yard. He only knew German (language) and I learned how to speak to him in German. He was my best friend.‚?Ě
Dr. Colbassani wanted to be a veterinarian for as long as she could remember. ‚??I‚??ve always seemed to have an affinity for the animals, especially the ones in the neighborhood that everyone was afraid of,‚?Ě she said.
One of her father‚??s best friends was a veterinarian named Dr. Harry Kroll.
‚??Whenever our dog had to go to the vet, I always wanted to go with him,‚?Ě she said. ‚??We would stay there for a couple of hours and I watched Dr. Kroll do surgeries and see other patients. I was fascinated by it.‚?Ě
She is the chief vet and owner of Hometown Animal Hospital, Olyphant, but before opening her own practice in 1996, she worked for two vets.
Known as ‚??Doc‚?Ě by her staff and many of her patients‚?? owners, she treats dogs, cats, rabbits and rodents, such as guinea pigs, hamsters and ferrets.
‚??I worked on a couple of pot belly pigs when I was in Florida,‚?Ě she said. ‚??When I first started in practice, I was the only one in the area that would see animals like a hamster or guinea pig.‚?Ě
She loves working with animals and the challenges the job brings.
‚??Animals are such pure little beings,‚?Ě she said. ‚??It‚??s actually heartwarming being around them. Some of them love coming here‚?Ľthey jump on the table and wag their tails looking for cookies‚?Ľand others head for the door.‚?Ě
MY DREAM JOB
Meet Susan J. Colbassani, DVM:
Dr. Colbassani is trained in traditional Chinese medicine, and uses acupuncture and herbal medicine to treat many of her patients.
‚??I thought I could do more for the animals,‚?Ě she said, ‚??So I studied Traditional Chinese Medicine‚??using acupuncture and herbal medicine‚??and I found in many cases, it does give you something extra that you could offer when regular medicine is not enough.‚?Ě
Hometown: Born in Scranton; lives in Olyphant
Job Title: Chief Vet and Owner of Hometown Animal Hospital, Olyphant
Education: Graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine and received additional training at the Chi Institute for Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine.
Favorite subject in school: Biology
Who inspires you in your field? ‚??Dr. Huisheng Xie, my Traditional Chinese Medicine teacher, an amazing person who showed me that there is so much more to medicine.‚?Ě
Favorite animal character of all time: Lambchop
What book would want to have with you if you were stranded on the moon? ‚??The Wolf Gift‚?Ě by Anne Rice
Coolest part of your job: ‚??It‚??s a toss-up between new puppies and kittens and solving a mystery illness to make a pet feel better.‚?Ě
What are some words to describe animals you treat? ‚??Cats: much more personable and intelligent than people give them credit for. Dogs: unconditional love and loyalty. Birds: probably happier if they were free. And pet pigs: very smart and clean.‚?Ě