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Tyler Smith, DVM

Dr. Tyler Smith was born and raised in Dallas, Texas. His passion for veterinary medicine started at a young age and he attended Oklahoma State University so he could continue his pursuit of that goal. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Animal Science in 2015, and his veterinary degree in 2018. His interests include surgery, internal medicine and preventive care.

 

His love for traveling and adventure are some of the main reasons he decided to make the transition from Texas to the Bay Area. When he is not working he is usually playing with his dog Calvin (named after his favorite comic strip “Calvin and Hobbes”), a Siberian Husky mix. He also enjoys hiking, fishing, soccer, football, and watching the San Jose Sharks fight for their first Stanley Cup.

 

Why did Dr. Smith become a veterinarian?

"When I was in elementary school I was never the most most disciplined or academically focused student. In fact, I would say I was far from it. I would often spend my time daydreaming of playing outside with friends or becoming a professional soccer player. On my first day of seventh grade, my childhood dog got really sick. Despite the best efforts from our local veterinarian there was nothing that could be done and we made the hard decision to euthanize her.

 

It was at that moment I found a purpose for my life, (and because I was not nearly the soccer player that I so often envisioned): I realized that I wanted to help people that were in that same situation I found myself in when I was a kid...a loved member of a family fallen ill but helpless to do anything about it. It took a lot of hard work and dedication, including letting go of soccer altogether, so I could focus on school and work as a volunteer at a local veterinary clinic. I could not ask to be a part of a better profession and I strive to provide the quality care that every pet, and their owner expects."