Getting to know: Dr. Amanda Solie!
October 29, 2020
This week we’re learning more about our newest doctor, Amanda Solie.
Dr. Solie acquired her undergrad degree from the University of WI-River Falls, and completed her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine at Iowa State in Ames. She started at Grand Avenue Veterinary Center soon afterwards, and has been a wonderful addition to our team!
Do you have an area of special interest in veterinary medicine?
I really love a challenge, and have am fascinated with Internal Medicine, especially endocrine disorders. I also really love working with cats and their special needs.
What make you decide to work in this field?
I’ve always been fascinated with medicine. Ever since I was little, I was obsessed with medical shows, and my parents allowed my love of animals to flourish with cats, dogs, pocket pets, lizards, you name it!
I am so passionate about animals, that believe it or not, I originally went to school for engineering, afraid that if I made my passion my work, it would diminish. But I always found myself circling back to medicine, made the leap to apply to vet school, and never looked back! Rather than diminish, my passion for pets and their care has exponentially increased, and I firmly believe I could not have picked a more perfect profession.
Tell us about your pets
Currently, I have two cats: Bindi, the Ragdoll, is my perfect princess and knows just how special she is. Monty, my orange tabby rescue, is my wild child, always keeping me on my toes. In addition, I have a 16 year old cockapoo named Sadie, who I’ve had since starting 6th grade. We’ve had quite the journey together! And not to be forgotten are my three Arabian horses, Bella (age 14,) Penny (age 4,) and Ryker (three months old,) with both Bella and Penny expecting foals in 2021!
Tell us about your history with GAVC
Choosing my first job as a veterinarian was a daunting task. It was imperative to me to find a clinic that not only exceeded the standards of veterinary medicine, but also promoted a team culture, and it was pretty obvious after my first interview that this was the exact place I was looking for. I was so incredibly excited to join this team of amazing doctors and talented staff!
What’s one of your favorite quotes?
“There is something about the outside of a horse, that is good for the inside of a man,” – Winston Churchill. Fun Fact: he’s a distant relative. Sounds like we had a lot in common
What’s your favorite indoor or outdoor activity?
Anything and everything with my horses: there really is something therapeutic about doing barn chores every day.
What chores do you hate doing?
Dishes and laundry: IT NEVER ENDS
What’s your favorite form of exercise?
Horseback riding of course!
What’s the best gift you have ever received?
When I was 13, my parents gave me and my sister our first horse. His name was Marshal. He wasn’t broke or rideable, covered in burrs, and had no mane but I thought he was the most gorgeous creature that walked this earth.
What sound do you love?
That clicking noise my cats make at birds through the window!
If you could have a superpower, what would it be?
To read animals minds! I would love to be able to hear what they really have to say!