Meet Sacramento Veterinarian Dr. Susan Barrett, DVM
Dr. Barrett is a breeder and exhibitor of the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, finishing multiple award winning AKC Grand Champions and Cavalier King Charles Spaniel USA BIS Champions.
I acquired my first Cavalier in 2001 as a pet. Since then I have learned to show my dogs and enjoy the sport very much. All of my Cavaliers have been trained in obedience with 3 Canine Good Citizens, one a certified therapy dog for 5 years of her life and I have finished six AKC Grand Champions, one CKCSC USA CH and more on the way. My Cavaliers are my children and live with me in my home where we all communicate, eat, sleep, exercise and play together every day. They keep me laughing and young! I groom & exercise my dogs every single day whether through walking or play….and brush their teeth with a high speed electric toothbrush (the inside and outside of the teeth)…..an art I am known for. I give seminars to many dog clubs/groups showing people how to train their dogs for tooth brushing.
I am an exhibitor in AKC and the CKCSC USA and members of both. My activities in both clubs so far include: the design and donating of the centerpieces for the banquet at the AKC National show 2012 ($1200 value). The centerpieces were auctioned and raised $3,000 for Cavalier Rescue Trust. I also donated the centerpieces for the 2013 AKC Nationals ($1200 value) in Scottsdale, Arizona, again raising several thousand dollars for Cavalier Rescue. I also have been the sole sponsor for the AKC National Junior Handling Program in 2013, 2014, and plan to be the sponsor for 2015. I donated the centerpieces for the banquet tables for the Cavalier of the West show in 2011 which were auctioned off and raised money for the Club. I was in charge of the auction and raised $6,000 which is the most money COTW has ever raised at a single show. The centerpieces were auctioned and the proceeds went to rescue. I have donated $350 for dental services at my hospital for the live auction several times since joining BACK & COTW as well as smaller items for the silent auction. I sponsor a class or trophy at every show in both systems which I attend. I have also helped with setup. I have consistently attended every banquet and bought auction items for myself. My hospital offers reduced fee services for Cavalier rescue and I have been a speaker at a Club meeting on Canine Dentistry. My hospital provides heart clinics for area Cavaliers. I was also a seminar speaker at the AKC National 2013 on Dentistry and Grooming for a Healthy Show Dog. I was a seminar speaker on the same topic at the COTW show in 2011. I have been asked to be a speaker at an upcoming COTW show in 2015 and am a co-chair of the live auction for the National CKCSC USA show in Sacramento, CA, 2015.
My passion is education and most recently I have started a The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Health and Breeding Group, the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Handling & Mentoring for the Show Dog & the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Mitral Valve Disease Management Group on Facebook….I also have a FB page, Health and Welfare of the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. I have written several articles for the CKCSC USA Bulletin and the Royal Spaniel on dentistry and patella luxation and am working on an article on mitral valve disease management and current treatment protocols…
My Affix: WynDancer Cavalier King Charles Spaniels.
A little bit about my background and leadership qualities….I was born and raised in in the Texas panhandle on a ranch and played basketball at a very competitive level starting in the second grade…animals and sports have been my passion my entire life. I was honored to be selected for the Texas All Star Team after scoring 54 points in one game and averaging 37 points a game my junior and senior year in high school where I captained my team to the state title. I was called the Mighty Mite by the Amarillo Globe News and featured in Sports Illustrated because I was only 5’2” and shot a jump shot like a boy and scored 54 points in one game….I was a cheerleader for our high school football team too for 4 years. I was Valedictorian of my 8th grade and high school classes.
Since I was 8 years old I knew I wanted to be a veterinarian and some sort of little critter was always in my arms. My family raised and trained Cocker and Springer Spaniels. I was helping birth calves and pigs since I was walking. After high school I crossed the border into Oklahoma where I graduated Phi Kappa Phi with a B.S. in zoology in 1976 from Oklahoma State University. Four years later, I was one of only a handful of women to receive the Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine degree from the OSU College of Veterinary Medicine in 1980, graduating summa cum laude, Phi Kappa Phi, and Phi Zeta Veterinary Honor Society (top 10 percent of college & veterinary college graduating classes) During my senior year in veterinary school I was selected by the faculty of the Oklahoma State University College of Veterinary Medicine to receive the highest and most distinguished award/scholarship given to a senior, the L.B. Barber and F. Ellis Lundberg Memorial Award/Scholarship, and was the first woman in the College’s history to ever receive this honor for outstanding scholarship, leadership, and clinical proficiency. I was chair of, and orchestrated, the first Open House for the general public at the OSU College of Veterinary Medicine with hands on learning and observation stations, where the public rotated through both large and small animal clinics. It was a novel idea which was highly acclaimed and attended and my idea has been carried forward at OSU for the past 32 years. I was also awarded the AKC Oklahoma City Kennel Club Award my senior year for the student most likely to succeed in small animal practice. Upon graduation, I was awarded a Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Physiology, where I worked on a master’s degree, conducted research on reproduction and was a faculty teaching associate in anatomy and physiology for 3rd and 4th year veterinary students. I was voted favorite faculty member by the students for outstanding teaching.
After moving to the Sacramento area with my husband who was a veterinarian in the US Air Force, I did an about face and decided I wanted to own a hospital and I proceeded to design and build from the ground up, the first of four very successful small animal veterinary practices in the Sacramento area where I have served as Hospital Director for the past 33 years. Three I eventually sold to VCA and I currently practice and own Watt Avenue Pet Hospital in Sacramento, California. My hospitals have all been accredited members of the prestigious American Animal Hospital Association. Only 15 per cent of hospitals in the US qualify for membership. I have been a practitioner member of the California Veterinary Medical Board where I wrote state board questions for a number of years and I served on the medical malpractice committee. For thirty five years I have provided internships and training at my hospitals for veterinary students from UC Davis Veterinary College as well as the Sacramento area animal health technician programs. I am nationally known for all breed cosmetic ear trimming with state of the art pain control and have been involved in training, therapy work, and showing dogs for over 30 years. My hospital also specializes in orthopedic surgery, soft tissue surgery, advanced dentistry, behavioral counseling, internal medicine, radiology services and dermatology. Also on staff are a board certified surgeon and a board certified radiologist. I am an active member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the American Animal Hospital Association (my hospital is a certified member of AAHA, one of the 15 percent in the nation who qualify), the Sacramento Valley Veterinary Medical Association and the National Association of Professional Women. I offer reduced fee services for rescue for Cavaliers as well as other breeds. I have resided in Folsom, California, for over 30 years and am proud to have two children who graduated from The University of Southern California (USC) and California State University at Sacramento, Brendon and Caitlin.
Since I grew up with Spaniels my entire life, it was natural that I would discover and fall in love with the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. I acquired my first two Cavaliers, which were pets, from Donna Brock and Cindy Huggins in 2001. Both were Canine Good Citizen Certified and my first, Darla, was a therapy dog with Lend A Heart in Sacramento for 5 years. Both have crossed the bridge and were dearly loved and are missed every day. We acquired our first “show dog” in 2004 and my daughter showed him in AKC and the CKCS Club. In the past few years I have brought more Cavaliers into my life and presently I enjoy exhibiting them and have six AKC Grand Champions & one CKCSC USA Ch with two who are well on their way to gaining their champions. I am a member of both the AKC and CKCS Club USA. I have begun a breeding program and am thrilled that at the recent Del Valle Specialty my 6 month old littler girl won her class in puppy sweeps under Barbara Garnett Wilson and her puppy class under Gill Baker, both highly respected breeder judges from the US and the UK, respectively. I adhere to the CKCSC Code of Ethics in all manners. My dogs are all health tested and registered with OFA and DNA certified clear of genetic diseases by the UK Animal Health Trust.
I am thrilled and honored to be nominated for a Director position for the upcoming Board and look forward to working with the Board to make the BACK the best Club possible and to promote the health and welfare of our lovely Cavaliers.
I am asking for your vote and support. This letter is to provide everyone with a little information about my background.
Dr. Susan Barrett, DVM
Hospital Director/Owner Watt Avenue Pet Hospital
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