Dr. Michelle King
Dr. Michelle King
Dr. Michelle King received her B.A. (Hons) in Biology from Florida Gulf Coast University and her doctorate from Ross University College of Veterinary Medicine. She also completed a year of Clinical training at the Queen Mother Hospital for Animals, The Royal Veterinary College in London, U.K. Dr. King comes from a proud Air Force family as has been fortunate enough to grow up all over the world.
Dr. King’s clinical interests include ophthalmology, animal welfare, and behavior. She worked extensively with international non-profit veterinary organizations in the Caribbean, Nicaragua and Costa Rica to provide pet health care to underserviced communities. Her research experience includes mapping feral cat colonies and the efficacy of trap- neuter- release programs in small island states.
Hi Michelle! Do you go by Michelle or do you have any nicknames?
My namesake is the Beatles song “Michelle” so while I don’t have any nicknames but people tend to sing “Michelle, my belle” around me. Fun fact and I was lucky enough to meet Paul McCartney (who wrote the song) and thank him for my name, and he sang a bit of it to me!
In your words, what is your job at Frontier?
I’m an associate veterinarian, and my job is to advocate for the animals. While I love a good cuddle with a kitty or playtime with a pup, my job is first and foremost to keep animals healthy, advocate for good preventative care and diagnose and treat illness. Additionally, I perform surgery and dental treatments for pets. I think one of the most important things I do in my job is to communicate the benefits of preventative care in pets- they can’t speak for themselves, so it’s my job to advocate for them and work with owners to do our best to keep all the fur babies happy and healthy!
Why did you decide to work at Frontier?
I decided to work at Frontier because I love the culture of teamwork and positivity here. I’ve been fortunate to have the opportunity to work all over the world and coming from one of the best referral hospitals in Europe, suffice to say, my standards were pretty high. Frontier encapsulated everything I was looking for in a practice – high standards of care, excellent quality medicine, a team that works really well together and always puts the patient’s health and welfare first. I was impressed by Frontier’s positive and honest work culture, and our clients and pets are amazing too! I’m very grateful for the opportunity to join the Frontier team.
Do you have any pets?
I do! I have a 16-year-old female Tortoiseshell cat named Kagomei. She has chronic kidney disease but is still as rambunctious and feisty (i.e., Tortie-tude) as ever. She’s a seasoned traveler and has gone all over the world with me! I’m hoping to adopt a dog within the year to do some agility training with.
Tell us a little-known fact about you!
Before I was in the veterinary world, I was a professional chef! Also, my dad passed on his love of technology and video games to me, and in 2017 I won first place in a Nintendo gaming competition at London Comic-con.
Why did you want to become a Fear Free Certified Professional?
I’ve been an ardent student of animal behavior for my entire life – even as a child I spent hours watching birds, squirrels and even spiders. I would spend hours having conversations with my parrot, cat, mouse and various other members of our household menagerie. Frustratingly, at 5 or 6 years old, I was disheartened to learn my animal friends would never be able to hold their own in our thrilling conversations. Thankfully, I learned to listen to animals during my undergraduate research in Applied Ethology (animal behavior) and continued my love of the field in my vet school research. Animals are speaking to us – with their body language, vocalization and pheromones and I wanted to become a Fear Free Certified Professional to help sharpen those animal behavior/language skills so I can keep having conversations!
What was your favorite/most valuable thing you learned going through the certification process?
My favorite thing I learned going through the certification process was that FVH has had and continues to have incredibly high welfare standards – we have a wealth of knowledge amongst our doctor and support staff that always puts the patients welfare first. We have been implementing pheromones in our exam rooms and treatment areas for years, we’ve been providing positive reinforcement through treats and praise, we’ve using separate boarding and hospitalization areas for cats and dogs and so many other ways we strive to keep our patients not only healthy – but happy to see us.