Amanda Blackburn, DVM
Third-Year Resident, Internal Medicine
Matthew J. Ryan Veterinary Hospital
What inspired you to become a veterinarian?
I was raised on a farm surrounded by animals and I was interested in medicine -- it was a perfect fit for me.
Why did you choose veterinary internal medicine?
I enjoy problem solving. Internal medicine services animals with some of the most complex problems that need solving.
Where did you go to school?
University of California at Davis for both my undergraduate and veterinary degrees.
Why did you want to come to Penn Vet to continue your education?
I wanted diversity in my medical training and experience. Plus can you beat the weather out here on the east coast?
What is your best memory/case while at Penn?
There are too many wonderful memories of the animals I work with and their dedicated owners to name a specific case. Most often, my favorite memories happen when patients are discharged, and their loving owners are ecstatic to take them home.
What is your advice for pet owners?
I am an advocate for preventive medicine. Routine visits to your local veterinarian is paramount to your pets health and longevity.
Do you have pets?
Due to the time commitment of my residency, I do not have any personal pets currently, although my patients help to fill that void in my life right now. I also found a wonderful boyfriend right here in Philadelphia.
What is your favorite book or movie, and why?
My favorite book is 1984 by George Orwell. This was the first book that really grabbed my attention and made me think. A more recent book that left an impression on me was The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch. I believe this book can benefit anyone that reads it.
Too many (or at least that is what my mom said when I was growing up). Water and snow skiing, scuba diving, rowing, and rock climbing are the major ones. Although I am too tall to be really good at rock climbing, but it is still fun even if I spend most of my time falling off the rocks!