HAVRE DE GRACE — Kent County native Sam Receski is on the job for cats, dogs and any other pets who might need care.
Receski was hired in June at Swan Creek Veterinary Clinic in Havre de Grace after earning a Veterinariae Medicinae Doctoris degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine in Philadelphia.
Receski graduated with distinction from Pennsylvania State University in State College, Pa. in 2014. There she earned a Bachelor of Science in veterinary and biomedical sciences.
A native of Galena and a 2010 graduate of Kent County High School, Receski said in a telephone interview Monday being a veterinarian was always a dream of hers.
“It was something I always wanted to pursue,” Receski said.
She said while she was in high school, she shadowed a veterinarian at the Galena Animal Medical Clinic, which helped to solidify her drive to pursue veterinary medicine as a career.
Receski ran indoor track, played soccer and lacrosse and was a competitive gymnast while in high school. Among her other involvements at KCHS, Receski also served as the student member of the Board of Education during her senior year.
Compared to being a doctor for people, Receski said studying to be a veterinarian comes with its own unique challenges. Receski’s four-legged patients cannot necessarily tell her what is wrong with them.
Receski said she also had to become an expert in multiple species. While Receski is certified to treat an assortment of animals all the way up to horses and cows, she said she prefers treating smaller household pets like cats and dogs.
“Each animal has their own body system, but we have to learn all of them,” Receski said. “Cats are different than dogs in terms of what drugs they can process, so you have to know what’s safe for each animal.”
While Receski just began her career in June, she said she is already finding it very rewarding — despite some long days.
“It can be a lot of paperwork, even after I’m finished with all the animals, I’ll have to stay behind to make sure all the paperwork is complete,” Receski said. “Everything has to be documented and in order.”
Receski called her work as a veterinarian “challenging, but good.”