Dr. Sharla Ansorge earned her biology degree at UC Santa Cruz with plans to study animal behavior in the wild, but she got sidetracked by finding sick and injured animals in her study groups that she just couldn’t leave alone. That was when she discovered wildlife rehabilitation and began a 10-year career working with sick, injured, orphaned, and oiled native wild animals. Specializing in aquatic birds and oil spill response for several years, Dr. A became quite the bird fanatic and finally adopted a couple small parrots into her home.
Eventually, she realized she really wanted to be a vet, so she spent a few years working at Guide Dogs for the Blind to round out her domestic animal experience. In 2008, she graduated with honors from UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine with a lot of special focus on animal behavior, avian medicine, and feline medicine.
She has continued to work with a wide variety of species during her life as a vet and has volunteered time at spay/neuter clinics and wildlife conservation facilities. She has obtained Level 2 certification in Fear Free practice and has a strong focus on low stress, patient-friendly handling, and client education, helping to keep the bond between pets and their humans strong and healthy. Dr. A spends her free time entertaining, snuggling, and cleaning up after her two small parrots and two cats. She loves the outdoors, hiking, biking, birding, and kayaking, as well as spending lots of quality time with her husband and the rest of the family.