Women in Veterinary Medicine – Part 1

March is Expanding Girls’ Horizons in Science and Engineering Month. We thought we’d take this time to highlight some of Metairie Small Animal Hospital’s women in veterinary medicine. MSAH relies on a team approach to provide the best veterinary care for your pet. We will start with one of our doctors and owners, Allison Wegmann (Dr. Allison as she’s known at the hospital), as she plays an integral part on the team.

Dr. Allison has been with MSAH for 15 years after graduating with honors from Louisiana State University’s School of Veterinary Medicine. Born in Minnesota, Dr. Allison moved to New Orleans at the age of 9 with her family. In addition to practicing routine veterinary care, Dr. Allison also utilizes abdominal ultrasound imaging. This helps to literally see what’s going on inside the patient’s body. She learned these techniques by shadowing another veterinarian and attending numerous seminars; she is currently training another doctor in utilizing this technique. Dr. Allison also takes a special interest in internal medicine and oncology. She splits her time between the Kenner Clinic and the main hospital. As a partner of the practice, Dr. Allison attends regular meetings providing input to hospital policies and procedures. To her, employee well-being and client satisfaction are the most important things to making the business successful.

Dr. Allison has always enjoyed the sciences. Although she has always had a love for animals, it wasn’t until college that she decided on a career in veterinary medicine. She enjoys working on animals as opposed to people. Veterinary medicine is so diverse, from the types of patients to the conditions that have to be treated. Her favorite part of being a veterinarian is this diversity. “Every day is completely different, which makes it both physically and mentally challenging, but that also means that I’m constantly learning,” said Dr. Allison. “As vets, we get to help both animals and people. I love what I do, and I love coming to work every day; that’s something that few people can say.” Besides her interest in science, communication skills are also important to practicing veterinary medicine. Each pet has an owner that needs to be communicated with so they can give the best care to their pet. Additionally, teamwork is a crucial skill. On a regular day, you will find our veterinarians discussing patients’ cases to come up with the best treatment plans.

Dr. Allison is a member of several veterinary professional organizations, including the American Veterinary Medical Association, Louisiana Veterinary Medical Association, Southeast Louisiana Veterinary Medical Association, and the American Animal Hospital Association.

Outside of the hospital, Dr. Allison enjoys riding horses with her daughter and husband. Their family owns and runs the Tavia Equine Center, and her husband is an equine veterinarian. Her family competes in horse shows monthly: Dr. Allison shows her horse, and her daughter shows her pony. In addition to having numerous horses, the Wegmann family also includes a cat named Truffle and a scruffy terrier mix named Jackman.

Metairie Small Animal Hospital is lucky to have Dr. Allison as a part of the team and proud that she represents one of the many women in veterinary medicine!