“Maybe it’s animalness that will make the world right again: the wisdom of elephants, the enthusiasm of canines, the grace of snakes, the mildness of anteaters. Perhaps being human needs some diluting.” – Carol Emshwiller
Dr. Matt Mink was born and raised in southwest Virginia on a small family dairy. Dr. Mink attended Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University (Virginia Tech) where he received his undergraduate degree in Agricultural & Applied Economics (Veterinary Business Management) in 2003 and a Master of Science in Dairy Science (Reproductive Anatomy and Physiology) in 2006. During graduate school, Dr. Mink taught undergraduate Anatomy & Physiology and Reproduction, and conducted research relating to reproductive endocrinology/estrus synchronization. In 2010, he obtained his DVM from the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine and started his career in his hometown as an Associate Veterinarian at VCA Highlands Animal Hospital working a mix of general practice and emergency medicine. He switched to full-time ER work at CPVETS in State College, PA until 2014, and then spent 3 years working near Philadelphia, PA at Valley Central Veterinary Referral & Emergency Center. Dr. Mink also completed a one-year rotating internship at Carolina Veterinary Specialists in Charlotte, NC.
Dr. Mink’s professional interests include trauma, wound care, anesthesia, pain management, and soft tissue surgery. He also places particular emphasis on client communication, as ER visits can often be stressful and frightening. Dr. Mink is a member of various veterinary associations including the Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care Society, the American Veterinary Medical Association, as well as state and local veterinary medical societies.
Dr. Mink’s fiancé is a New York native and his reason for relocating – although a southerner at heart, he is enjoying exploring and getting to know the Northeast. In his spare time, Matt enjoys scuba diving, fishing, and sport shooting – he also enjoys baking, a holdover from two very involved southern grandmothers. He and his fiancé enjoy traveling and spending time outdoors with their German Shorthaired Pointer, Islay.