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Stefani grew up in Inglewood, California and moved to Burbank back in 2012. She attended the all-girls Catholic high school Immaculate Heart in Los Angeles and then got her Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science from Cal Poly Pomona in 2017. During her free time, Stefani likes to go shopping, hiking with her dogs Dobby & Piper, draw, and spend quality time with her family and college buddies.
Stefani’s innate curiosity to understand animal biology and to improve their welfare has been fostered since childhood. The earliest memories of her youth were all animal-oriented—from caring for stray cats' litters to taking in malnourished stray dogs. She confirmed her dream to be a vet at age nine when she took a family friend's dog to a vet after noticing it was lethargic and the rear was heavily soiled and lacerated. With no prior knowledge of its preexisting condition, the vet told her that the dog had a severe maggot infestation and required immediate treatment. Although the dog did not survive, Stefani remembers how sincere and compassionate the vet was as she explained thoroughly how this dog—which was not even her pet—ended up in this horrible state. The vet educated her on preventative medicine and was mindful to disclose her concerns and observations to Stefani. Stefani then realized the importance of initiating interpersonal relationships between doctors and pet owners since their mutual interest lies in the health of our beloved animals. Not only did this moment shed light on what the field entails, but also it revealed that it requires a lifetime commitment of continued learning—something that Stefani found intriguing ever since.
From the moment she enrolled in college as an Animal science major at Cal Poly Pomona, Stefani knew she had to work extremely hard to achieve her goal of entering the profession. She received hands-on experience on both companion and livestock animals and furthered her knowledge in laboratory procedures, all of which prepared her for clinical settings. Once she started getting clinical experience here at Rainbow in 2015, she has benefitted immensely from the mentorship of Dr. Metzger and his staff as they have strengthened her knowledge of veterinary diagnosis, surgical skills, and approaches to routine exams with regard to nutrition and breed predisposition.
Stefani has been accepted into the class of 2021 of the College of Veterinary Medicine at Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, California. She is very excited to embark on this career path and hopes to open her own private practice in the future. She wants to pursue small animal medicine with an interest in small exotics. She also wishes to explore the specialties of Radiology and Pathology. Although aware that veterinary school will be challenging, Stefani knows she is capable of making a difference in the world and intangible rewards await her.