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Ashley Gallagher, DVM

Staff Veterinarian

General Surgery, Primary Care

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It wasn’t until two years after graduating from Vanderbilt University with a degree in mechanical engineering that I realized becoming a veterinarian was the perfect career path for me. I spent the majority of my childhood and high school riding horses, and at home we had many dogs to keep me busy. Still, I never truly understood the remarkable bond that one can have with a pet until I met my dog Westin, a golden retriever mix. Until I lost her to cancer in 2009, she had been my best friend since college when I found her as a puppy living on the streets in the Bahamas. My relationship with Westin inspired me to become a veterinarian so that I can help others experience the unconditional love and fulfillment that a pet can bring to your life.

After graduating from University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine I was thrilled to be accepted in Friendship’s highly competitive internship program in 2006. After completing the internship I was lucky enough to be offered a position as a staff veterinarian. I am part of the Primary Care and General Surgery departments here at the hospital. In addition, I run the Polite Puppy Program to help new puppy owners sort through the important lifelong habits necessary for dog parents to ensure they are raising a well-behaved, happy and healthy dog.

I live in Northwest DC with my husband, two daughters, three dogs, and two cats; with this crew there is never a dull moment in my house.

Clinical Areas of Interest

I am a big proponent of preventive medicine and wellness care to help pet owners give their dogs and cats a long and healthy life. To build on this particular area of interest I created the Polite Puppy Program. This is a class we hold at the hospital to help new puppy owners navigate the important lifelong habits necessary for dog parents to ensure they are raising a well-behaved, happy and healthy puppy.

Why Do You Work at Friendship?

Friendship Hospital for Animals is an amazing place for so many reasons and I consider myself lucky to work here.  I love the comprehensive, compassionate and cutting-edge care we offer to out patients.  In addition, the support I have as doctor from our entire staff makes coming to work each day a pleasure.

Education

  • Vanderbilt University – Bachelors of Engineering
  • University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine – Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

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