A high school teacher dampened Dr. Ward’s dream of being a veterinarian, suggesting it was too hard, so she got a BA in sociology and a master’s degree in education. She taught middle school student with behavioral and emotional disorders and worked as a municipal police officer, both rewarding jobs, but she still longed to work with animals.
Finally, she decided to follow her dream, and after several years of hard work, she graduated from NCSU College of Veterinary Medicine. Today, she lives on a small farm with her husband, six children and a crowd of animals, including six dogs, two cats, two horses, a donkey, three ducks and a flock of chickens. Being a Heal House Call Veterinarian allows her to spend more time with her clients and lets her see pets in their own environments. “My goal is to help pet parents feel empowered as they navigate through all stages of their pet’s life,” she says.