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 livestock 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 get to enjoy all those species as well as 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, 2 dogs, 2 cats, a tortoise and backyard chickens. 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.
Born and raised in Wisconsin, Sean has been a lifelong (thus far!) Madison resident, save for a year in Madrid as a university student and 2.5 years teaching English to high schoolers in Bangkok. He brings experience working in civil service, retail sales, customer service and property management to help Dr Pike provide the best service possible to her clients.
“Joining Comforts of Home has been a really good fit for my professional experience and career goals. I appreciate the opportunity to help Dr Pike provide her patients with individualized healthcare, and their owners with the information they need to keep their pets happy and healthy.”
Sean lives in Madison with his dog Max, and enjoys running, hiking, biking and participating in triathlons.