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Caitlin Vaughn

DVM

Caitlin Vaughn

Fun Fact/Favorite Hobby: I love running and being in the woods. I’ve run 11 marathons and two 50ks (31 miles), and for my 40th birthday ran a 40 mile local trail over 3 days.

Vet School: Mississippi State University

Funniest Client Experience: I walked into an emergency shift one weekend morning to find a technician cradling a kitten with his head stuck in a mason jar (see attached photo). As it turned out, he dove in for some leftover peanut butter but couldn’t get out! His owners applied olive oil and butter to his neck but in the end he was so stressed he needed a bit of sedation to get unstuck. All turned out well and he recovered to go home and cause more mischief!

Advice for new grads: Try not to take it personally if a case has an unexpected result. Your worth as a doctor is not tied to the outcomes of your patients. Also: My biggest mistakes occurred when I was afraid to say “I don’t know.” Know your limitations but strive to beyond extend them.

“We don’t graduate from vet school with all the answers – we have a lot of knowledge, but we don’t always understand how to apply it. To me, mentorship helps fill this gap. Mentors provide both professional and personal guidance and can help new graduates build confidence by supporting them in all facets of life. Mentorship can be both challenging and rewarding – it’s definitely a two-way street! We are creating a new understanding and inclusive culture in veterinary medicine, and my hope is that this leads to improved well-being of every single staff member.”