Introducing Our Newest Associate Veterinarian, Dr. Maggie Sharpe


Meet our newest associate veterinarian, Dr. Maggie Sharpe.  Dr. Sharpe is a 2014 graduate of Purdue University’s College of Veterinary Medicine and worked exclusively as an emergency medicine veterinarian for the five years prior to her joining the Family Pet team. We are thrilled to have her and can’t wait for you to meet her!

Find out more about Dr. Maggie with our Q & A below.

What made you want to become a vet?

Ever since I can remember, I’ve wanted to be a veterinarian. I’ve always loved animals, and it just made sense that I be around them all day every day.

How did you find yourself at Family Pet?

I came to Family Pet from MedVet and I have been an ER veterinarian for the past 5 years. After so many long days (sometimes 15 hour shifts!), over nights, weekends, and holidays, when Dr. Van Pelt approached me about a position at Family Pet I knew I had to check it out. Not surprisingly, I felt at home when I visited, and chose to come on full time.

Did you study anything besides veterinary medicine in school?

I don’t know if it counts, but I studied Animal Sciences! I loved working with llamas, goats and dairy cattle— I still miss the adorable giant ears and crazy antics of baby goats, calves, and crias! Ultimately, I couldn’t stay away from the strong human-animal bond that I get to see every day in small animal practice.

What are the most common questions you answer as a practicing veterinarian?

Which food should I feed my pet, why is my pet licking his feet so much, and “is this normal” (about everything from the way they sneeze to the way they lay down)?

What do you see as the greatest danger toward household pets?

This is a great question, and I am a bit biased coming from the ER setting: the greatest danger in my opinion is having your pet off leash—even if they are well behaved you can never predict other animals/people/cars.

What has been your most rewarding moment as a veterinarian?

I have worked closely with rescues in the past, and it’s always rewarding to see a rescue pet go to their forever home. My favorite case was “Chance Christmas.” He came in on Christmas eve as an abuse case, and I was able to be a part of his medical team—he’s doing super well, and I still get updates on him. 

If you weren’t a vet, what would you do?

Travel writer, or food/wine critic — In my off time I LOVE exploring the cities new restaurants.

What is your favorite comfort food?

Steak and an Old Fashioned. Whenever something has gone wrong in my personal life, my dad always says “Maggie, there are few things a great steak and some whiskey can’t fix.”

What is your biggest pet peeve?

People who chew with their mouth open!

Name 5 things that people might be surprised to know about you:

  • I have studied abroad in 5 different countries for different lengths of time
  • I grew up showing dogs and llamas
  • I’ve never broken a bone
  • I went to finishing school
  • I was almost arrested for trespassing in Brazil for trying to pet capybaras (I couldn’t read Portuguese and they are so cute!)

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