Meet our Doctors

Ashley Sommerkamp, DVM

Ophthalmology Intern

Ophthalmology

Ashley Sommerkamp

I spent the majority of my childhood and youth in Long Island, New York. From a very young age my family, particularly my mother, encouraged my love for animals and science. Growing up we always had a wide variety of pets ranging from dogs and cats to saltwater fish, lizards, birds, and small exotic mammals. I moved to Raleigh, North Carolina for undergraduate studies where I pursued a degree in political science and a minor in economics. Post-graduation I become a paralegal with the intentions of applying to law school. After experiencing the world of law and several careers thereafter, I re-discovered my love for animals and science. I went back to school in Illinois and started working as a veterinary assistant and decided I wanted to become a veterinarian. I attended the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine where I received my veterinary degree and here I am today!

In my free time I enjoy exploring zoos, hiking, intramural sports, playing the guitar, painting, reading, board games, spending time with friends, eating great food, and taking walks with my dog and best friend Andre 3000.

Clinical Areas of Interest

  • Ophthalmic manifestations of systemic and infectious disease
  • Neuro-ophthalmology
  • Cataract surgery

Education

  • Friendship Hospital for Animals, Small Animal Rotating Internship
  • University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
  • North Carolina State University, Bachelor of Arts; Major: Political Science, Minor: Economics

Publications and Research

  • Sommerkamp A, Weigle A, Das A. Phytocannabinoid metabolism by canine cytochrome P450s. (Manuscript, 2018; Poster presented at the National Veterinary Scholar Symposium at Texas A&M University, 2018)

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