About Dr. Amanda Pike:
Dr. Amanda Pike received her DVM and Masters in Comparative Biomedical Sciences from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She received her BA from Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, IL.
What made you decide to be a veterinarian?
It sounds cliché but I never wanted anything
else. Even my parents say that from the time
I knew what a veterinarian is, I wanted to be one. I
was very fortunate to have exposure to lots of
pets and animals when I was young and I still feel
a little spark of joy when I get to interact with
I find it an honor and a privilege to work with people and pets in their own homes. Simply by being in someone’s home, it is a more personal and intimate relationship. I think the pets benefit, especially anxious pets and animals such as cats, reptiles and birds that are stressed going to a clinic. Exotic animals are particularly sensitive to the stresses of Wisconsin winters. I am also happy knowing that I can provide service to people in the community who, for one reason or another, have difficulty getting to a regular clinic.
Why more than dogs and cats?
I grew up with many different kinds of pets. In addition to our family dog, at one point or another we had a rabbit, guinea pigs, parakeets, lizards, snakes, hamsters, a chinchilla, a ferret, gerbils, a salamander, indoor fish, koi fish outdoors, a rat, a turtle, now a tortoise.... I am probably forgetting something but you get the idea! I also had exposure to horses through horsebackriding lessons and cows and pigs through relatives who had farms. I was very lucky and being their caretaker was invaluable for learning proper handling and care. Now, as a veterinarian, I hope to still enjoy all those species and provide them with medical care.
What do you do when you’re not working?
First and foremost: enjoy time with my family and friends! And when I say “family,” that includes humans, 3 dogs, 3 cats, a snake, a tortoise, backyard chickens and freshwater shrimp and fish. Pets are my favorite hobby and I find the rewards infinite! I also enjoy time outside, watching comedies, reading (or listening to books on CD), gardening, remodeling, landscaping, traveling, playing piano, doing crosswords or Sudoku. I like lots of things, especially if they involve a challenge I can learn from.