Dr. Ashley Bourgeois completed her bachelor’s degree at Iowa State University and graduated from the University of Missouri’s College of Veterinary Medicine in 2010. She then completed a one year rotating small animal internship at Purdue University.
Upon finishing her internship, she accepted a residency position with the Animal Dermatology Clinic’s Tustin location in 2011. She became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Dermatology in 2014. Dr. Bourgeois has been practicing in Portland, Oregon for the past two years and loves the adventure the Pacific Northwest offers! She has a strong interest in otology, allergies and autoimmune skin diseases.
In her leisure, Dr. Bourgeois enjoys outdoor activities, traveling and watching sports with her husband, daughter and energetic terrier.
During our talk, we discuss:
- What she loved about going to veterinary school at University of Missouri
- What experience has taught her about the ebb and flow of a career in veterinary medicine and coping with the bad days
- Her experiences as a veterinary intern teaching 4th year veterinary students as she was just beginning to learn how to be a doctor herself
- What her dermatology residency was like and the pressure of being looked at as the expert before she felt like an expert
- The opportunities for public speaking and other outreach activities that being a specialist makes possible
- Her passion for health and fitness and helping other veterinarians find the time to take better care of themselves
- How she balances being a practicing dermatologist, business owner, fitness coach, speaker, wife, and mother, and the importance of recognizing the ever changing balance between needing to give ourselves permission to be imperfect while still pushing ourselves to do the best we can under all circumstances
- Her thoughts on veterinary dermatology and the future of telemedicine
- Her advice to future vet students and future vets
- The two things that she, as a dermatologist, would like to see future veterinary general practitioners do before referring a case to her
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