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Kristen Malinak, DVM

Rotating Veterinarian

Kristen Malinak

I was born in Potomac, MD not too far from Friendship, and went to high school in Bethesda. It was during my years in Maryland that I indulged my inner “horse girl,” and I have been riding horses in the discipline of eventing ever since. It was my interactions with the equine veterinarians I worked with during my competitive years that inspired me to pursue veterinary medicine and to serve the human-animal bond. I headed to California to attend Stanford University for my bachelor’s degree, and then turned south to attend North Carolina State University for my veterinary degree. While in school, I’ve been lucky to pursue veterinary medicine in interesting locations such as South Africa, Southeast Asia, and Mongolia. I never envisioned I would be vaccinating hairy goats in the middle of a nomadic community in Asia, but vet med has taken me to some amazing places and I am so grateful for those adventures. My focus area in school was in epidemiology and public health, and I enjoyed learning more about these fields in addition to my education in small animal medicine.

My interests in small animal medicine are cardiology, emergency medicine, and holistic medicine (particularly acupuncture). I’m so excited to learn more about all aspects of small animal medicine, and to share my enthusiasm with the team at Friendship to take care of DC’s pets!

Outside of medicine, I enjoy riding horses, traveling, spending time outdoors with friends, and taking naps. I’m looking forward to adopting a cat when I arrive in DC and I’m sure she will become a full-time hobby as well!

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