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About Dr. Amanda Pike:


 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 an animal. 

Why housecalls? 

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. 


My critters:

  Ralph, adopted summer of 2017. This big fella is always smiling.      Guelph, my cat, hanging out with Hermes the tortoise.  
 Dobbie the Italian Greyhound with Sunshine.       Sunshine  
  Nibbles, adopted in 2014. She eats everything but we all love her!     Me with one of my girls. 
 Not pictured  Zebulon, the corn snake       The fish and shrimp tank.