For Dr. Boyle, the rewards of being a veterinary criticalist at CVS Carlsbad are endless. While treating patients with cutting-edge skill, the relationship she builds with pet parents is also at the heart of her medical training.
“An enormous reward for me is connecting with my clients in a moment of crisis and establishing their trust. My goal is that they understand that their beloved pet’s best interest means everything to us. Whatever the condition or disease is, to see that through and ultimately get that pet back to their family is enormously fulfilling,” Dr. Boyle said. “ Above all, knowing that the treatment saved an animal’s life…. it is hugely rewarding to be part of that experience for pets and families.”
Dr. Boyle chose this field of medicine during her small animal rotating internship. She hadn’t encountered much exposure to the world of emergency medicine in veterinary school, but she opted as many graduates do, to undergo a one-year internship program. These rotating programs afford graduates with a personal contact in a variety of medical fields.
“I rotated through internal medicine, oncology, and surgery. It was when I did my emergency rotation that I had my ‘ah-ha moment,’” she said.
Instinctively, Dr. Boyle not only knew she wanted to become an emergency room clinician, but she was prepared to take her academic pursuits to the next level by becoming board certified in emergency and critical care veterinary medicine. After graduating with her veterinary degree, she underwent three years of intense training in emergency and critical care through completion of an American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care (ACVECC) approved training program.