For Dr Denise Hong being able to help the bond between pets and their owners is what drew her to want to work with animals. Dr Denise says it is a privilege to provide care for someone’s pet when they seek help. To be the voice of their pet and represent animal welfare – being able to bridge this gap is why Dr Denise became a vet.
Never in Dr Denise’s wildest dreams did she expect to work in an emergency vet hospital! During her internship, Dr Denise was dreading the time it came to do her emergency medicine rotation. But to her surprise, she found emergency medicine interesting, fun and extremely rewarding. So much so she couldn’t imagine not working in an animal hospital!
There are many patients that hold a special place in Dr Denise’s heart. But there are two patients that stick out as being memorable. The first is Indy a nine-month-old Kelpie who against all odds survived a 1080 poisoning. And another pup who came in with dog attack wounds that seemed straight forward but upon examination a stick was discovered which had impaled the poor pup’s thorax. Luckily with surgery, the pup recovered well.
When Dr Denise isn’t working she loves spending her free time doing art and is well-known for her paintings on pots of some of our patients. She also loves hiking, going to the gym and yoga.