Mikaila, Veterinary Assistant
Hi! I’m Mikaila.
I grew up in Boulder, CO, and moved to Bellingham in 2011 to attend Western Washington University. I have had a lifelong love of animals. Before leaving Boulder I cared for my dogs, Shiloh and Kiana, as well as two cats, a box turtle, and a leopard gecko. We lost Shiloh early in the spring of 2010, and it was through that tough experience that I decided that the veterinary field might be right for me. The following summer I interned at a local vet clinic and my love for animals, as well as veterinary practice, grew.
I applied for a veterinary assistant position at Mountain Veterinary Hospital in the December of 2013 and was very lucky to be hired on early in January, 2014. My time with the Mountain Vet team has been nothing short of extraordinary. Every day is filled with new challenges, new tasks, and the never-ending joy of fluffy faces and wagging tails.
In my spare time I volunteer at the Northwest Therapeutic Riding Center. I also enjoy all things outdoors, especially skiing, hiking, horseback riding, and exploring the great Pacific Northwest. In addition, I like to read, draw, and paint. During my time at WWU, I rode on the Western Equestrian Team and my last year I was lucky enough to compete at the National Championships in Lexington, Kentucky.
Did I mention I like horses? After completing a study abroad on Wildlife Management in Tanzania in 2014, I had an amazing experience on a horse safari in South Africa, being able to see many big game animals up close and personal! I followed up on my horse passion with an independent horse tour of northwest Ireland during the summer of 2015 with some of my equestrian teammates.
I began working full time at Mountain Vet in January, 2016, following my graduation from Western with a degree in Behavioral Neuroscience.