Jessica McAfee, DVM
During my time in general practice I’ve discovered my real passions in both veterinary surgery and end of life care. Both of these aspects of my job appeal to me because they tend to involve difficult decisions for the family and the veterinary team.
My compassion and empathy for both pets and their families during these times are my greatest assets. I strive to use both to assist clients in navigating through the options available. I also love to follow up and adjust as needed for the comfort of the pet.
I live on the Eastside with my husband, two children, a dog named Ruger, my elderly kitty Beaker, kitten Dude and 2 guinea pigs: Kupcake and Peanut.
When I am not caring for pets I enjoy long distance running, Taekwondo with my family and hiking in the beautiful Pacific Northwest.
I majored in Animal Science as an undergraduate at the University of California at Davis.
After graduation, I accepted a position as a receptionist at a veterinary clinic where I interacted with pet owners both in person and over the phone. I became very interested in the medical aspect of the clinic and moved on to the veterinary assistant position and later spent two years as the hospital director focusing on medical quality and client service. It was during this time that I became enthralled with the bond that humans have with their pets as I witnessed it in all different shapes and sizes every day. I became aware that the head of the maintenance team for this bond was the veterinarian and I was forever hooked on the profession.
I returned to school and obtained my Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine in 2010.
I have spent over eight years as a general practice veterinarian including two as a Chief of Staff mentoring other doctors and staff members to help maintain this beautiful bond between pet and owner.
In October 2018, I earned my certification as a Hospice and Palliative Care Veteriarian by the International Association for Animal Hospice and Palliative Care (IAAHPC)