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How did I get here:
Many people ask me or have the following comments:
“ How do you do this every day?”
" This must be so hard for you”
“ I cant imagine how any one can do this job!”
The truth is, this is never a job, has never felt like work. Helping my patients pass peacefully in the comfort of their home, surrounded by family, is an honor and privilege to be able to assist.
Here is some background information about me:
I was born on the southernmost point in Africa: Cape Town, South Africa and I spent my first 16 years developing a passion for animals and an interest in medicine by following around the veterinarian that cared for all the many species on my parent’s farm in Namibia. I moved to the USA when I was 16, and completed my senior year of high school in south Florida, before continuing to college with a pre-vet track. During college I worked as a kennel assistant, veterinary assistant and eventually veterinary technician, and thus my appreciation and respect for medicine grew, and my love for our patients flourished.
Fast-forward to the present day I have achieved my dream of being a veterinarian; not caring for the exotic animals I grew up with, but instead focusing on more “traditional” pets, such as cats, dogs, ferrets and rabbits.
My education was obtained in Florida, a Veterinary Medicine Doctorate from the University of Florida. It was also during this time that I became a proud American Citizen and met my husband Barry, an Officer in the United States Navy.
Upon graduation, I entered a very busy general practice in Annapolis, MD. It was during these first few years I realized my interest and sense of responsibility; the support, care of my sickest, terminal, disabled and/or geriatric patients. Discussion of quality of life, the notion of “just because we can do something, doesn’t always mean we should” were words I lived by. It was an area I felt I could make the most impact and where I was needed.
Becoming a veterinarian, I never thought caring for geriatric patients, and the eventual goodbyes, as something I would want to do but more of a necessity or responsibility that came with my career. However, after witnessing a family member pass at home with the support of hospice, I realized that hospice gave both my terminal mother-in-law and our family the greatest gift – the ability for her to pass surrounded by her family in the place she felt most comfortable.
Hospice and end-of-life care has become a true passion of mine. Over the years I have been honored to help hundreds of incredible families and their beloved pets in Maryland, Rhode Island and now Virginia. Each time I have entered a home as a stranger, but left as a friend. Each family and patient has a piece of my heart and I am so thankful to have been able to help my patient pass with dignity, love and comfort. Whenever I receive gratitude from a family I am almost embarrassed, as I have only cared for their “fur baby” for a mere hour or two in the same manner that they have cared and cherished them their entire lives. For that I am thankful to my families!
The military has moved my little family all over the country. When I moved to Virginia Beach , I had very little expectation, it was meant to be just another stop in the multitude of military assignments, but it is Virginia Beach where I truly feel at home. The sense of community, the small town feel in a sprawling diverse collection of amazing cities, sites and people that make Hampton Roads. I am proud to be a local, to raise my kids here and to be part of this amazing community.
I currently reside in Virginia Beach with my husband (Barry) , two human kids (Zachary and Abigial), Four canine kids (my senior, snorting pug Maddie; and the Golden Girls: Willow, and Zelda and my little "rotten' but cute Princess Peach the pug) and two feline kids ( Nemo and Red- my crazy kittens adopted locally from Billy the Kidden Rescue”). It is my honor and privilege to serve families in Hampton Roads.
~Hampton Roads Veterinary hospice and in Home euthanasia Angel Pets in Virginia Beach~
Dr. Linden Drake obtained her undergraduate degree from Texas A&M University and her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from Oklahoma State University. An avid equestrian, Dr. Drake grew up riding thoroughbreds in the equitation ring and while living in Texas, founded a horse rescue. While in studying in Oklahoma she spent her free time retraining off-track thoroughbreds and competing in the TIP and USEF circuits. With an extensive background in mixed animal practice, Dr. Drake is drawn to hospice medicine with a passion for compassionately guiding families through their pet’s transition and easing their suffering; which she believes is one of the most important roles of the veterinary profession.
Dr. Drake lives with her husband Colton in Norfolk, VA where she loves to garden, and enjoys trail rides with her husband and two dogs Oscar and Bridget.
I have been quite the traveler over the past decade, but I consider Virginia home. As early as I can remember I have always been driven by a passion to help in relieving suffering in animals. I grew up in Newport News, and after graduating Woodside High school, traveled to Greensboro, NC for college. I received my Bachelors’ degree in Laboratory Animal Science and my Masters’ degree in Animal Health Science at North Carolina A&T State University. After graduating, I started working as a research assistant and as an animal care assistant where I gained a lot of hands-on experience in a large and small animal medicine. To pursue my passion in veterinary medicine I went to school in California and received my D.V.M degree from Western University of Health Sciences. Following veterinary school, I gained experience working in corporate, private, and shelter medicine. Each of these experiences had their own unique rewards and challenges but I found that I most enjoyed building relationships with pet parents and their fur babies, and alleviating suffering in animals. I recently moved back to Hampton Roads, and I am currently working at Angel Pets in Home Hospice Care and at a local shelter. I am honored to be able to provide compassionate care for animals in a community that I consider home.
I am a native of Norfolk, VA. I graduated from Norfolk Collegiate before getting my Bachelor of Science in Occupational Technical Studies and Marketing from ODU. Although my studies and career kept me in the business world, my true passion has always been protecting and supporting the human-animal bond. Much of my time is devoted to running Lost and Found Pets, Hampton Roads, as well as acting as a resource coordinator or source of encouragement for families with pets in distress. Helping families navigate difficult decisions and obtaining assistance has always been my true calling and I feel honored to now help in this important, although difficult chapter, of hospice and end of life care with your special pet.
When I am not answering questions, you will find me with my loving husband, daughter, and my canine rescue cuties, Dakota, Bella, Stella, Audrey and Mochi as well my feline kids, Shadow and Freda. I am here if you ever need anything - even just an ear to listen......
"How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard"
Winnie the Pooh
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