Diplomate, American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (feline specialist)
“Forty-plus years after receiving my V.M.D., I can’t imagine a more rewarding life’s work. I made my decision as a nine-year-old because the dog I loved was dying. Knowing the loss, I find joy in the ever-increasing ways in which veterinarians can help pets and their people. Each year brings deeper regard for the human-animal connection, one of life’s true blessings.”
Dr. Hird’s day is all about preventive care, medical needs, and behavioral help. She is a specialist in feline practice as a Diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners. Nonetheless, she takes equal pleasure in caring for BOTH dogs and cats. She has been part of the Northwest Animal Hospital family for more than 25 years.
In practice since 1973, Dr. Hird graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine (which explains the V.M.D. degree) and became a Diplomate of the ABVP in 1996, one of about 85 in the feline field.
Four pets make Dr. Hird’s life quite wonderful and never dull. Batty is her charming orange 17-year-old tabby cat. Excalibur is the 11-year-old German Shepherd who still possesses the energy of a puppy. She loves to see Batty nestled into Excalibur’s flank for a nap — such a sweet moment. Youngest of all is Knight, a 5-year-old German Shepherd. He adds abundant personal knowledge to the experience of behavioral challenges. Ex and Knight currently compete with Dr. Hird in agility and nose work, with rally obedience in the past. Aged Sugar, a Cairn Terrier, rounds out the pack.
Grandchildren just barely outnumber pets. Felix, Madeline, and Benjamin live in Boston. Molly and Lucas are here in Columbus and help keep her young.
Dr. Hird’s professional memberships include:
- American Association of Feline Practitioners
- American Board of Veterinary Practitioners
- American Veterinary Medical Association
- American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior
- Ohio Veterinary Medical Association
- International Working Dog Breeding Association