Dr. Jesse Strong is originally from Newport, Kentucky and graduated from the University of Cincinnati in 2000 with a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science. After a short stint working for the US EPA in Chicago, she moved back to Cincinnati and began working as a receptionist at a busy 24 hour specialty and emergency veterinary hospital. This experience made her realize how much she enjoyed veterinary medicine so she went off to veterinary school at The Ohio State University a few years later and graduated in 2009. Dr. Strong then moved back to Cincinnati where she worked for 4 years as a small animal emergency veterinarian.
In 2014, Dr. Strong moved to Colorado and continued working as an ER vet at a smaller practice that allowed for a better work-life balance. She became active in the outdoors community and spent most of her free time rock climbing, mountaineering, camping and hiking.
In 2016, Dr. Strong took a 1 year sabbatical and traveled the United States with her husband and their pit bull, living out of a small wooden teardrop camper and visiting over 25 National Parks. She documented the trip on Instagram (@RamblingStrong) and in the process, picked up a new hobby in landscape photography.
After returning to Colorado last year, Dr. Strong returned to work part-time as an emergency veterinarian but began looking for alternative ways to use her veterinary degree. When a position opened up with ASPCA APPC, she jumped at the chance to pursue an interest in toxicology and find a new way to help people and their pets while using her background in environmental science and customer service.
Dr. Strong currently lives in Urbana, Illinois with her husband and their pit bull, Freya. She plans to return to the West in a couple of years once she is able to work remotely.
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