Proud mo­ment

Ali Frye is the new­est staff mem­ber of the Amherst Vet­eri­nar­ian Hos­pi­tal

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New Amherst vet­eri­nar­ian is ful­fill­ing a child­hood dream.

It’s writ­ten in a child’s hand­writ­ing. Neat, round let­ters, with a pic­ture of a big cat at the bot­tom. Ali­son ‘Ali’ Frye wrote the let­ter to her­self when she was eight years old. It was placed in a time cap­sule. Ali pre­dicted she’d be a vet­eri­nar­ian in 25 years.

That was in 1992. Amherst Ve­teri­nary Hos­pi­tal’s new­est vet­eri­nar­ian - yes, Ali Frye grad­u­ated from At­lantic Ve­teri­nary Col­lege in 2018. She was off by just one year.

“I think I re­ally like work­ing with the un­der­dogs,” says Frye. “An­i­mals can’t speak for them­selves, so I like the prob­lem solv­ing and fig­ur­ing things out.”

Her in­ter­est in help­ing the voice­less has shaped some of the choices she has made on the path to be­com­ing a vet­eri­nar­ian. She com­pleted a three-month in­tern­ship in Kenya help­ing farmers im­prove the wel­fare of dairy cat­tle, and she still does vol­un­teer work with the Cobe­quid Wildlife Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion Cen­tre.

“I was lucky to be men­tored there by [the late] doc­tor He­lene Van Don­inck,” says Frye.

The new vet­eri­nar­ian is orig­i­nally from Bri­tish Columbia. Res­i­dents of Western Canada typ­i­cally go to vet col­lege in Saskatchewan, but Frye wanted to see one of the na­tion’s other coasts.

“My back­ground is in sports and re­cre­ation but I de­cided to come out to Truro to do vet-prep cour­ses at Dal­housie Agri­cul­tural Col­lege,” she says.

From Truro she went to Char­lot­te­town for more cour­ses. She spent a year work­ing at At­lantic Ve­teri­nary Col­lege as a post-mortem tech­ni­cian be­fore ap­ply­ing for the Doc­tor of Ve­teri­nary Medicine pro­gram.

“I’ve re­ally fallen in love with the East Coast,” says Frye, whose per­sonal in­ter­ests cen­tre around out­door pur­suits, such as camp­ing and hik­ing - with pet dog in tow, of course.

The vet­eri­nar­ian splits her time be­tween Amherst Ve­teri­nary Hos­pi­tal and Tantra­mar Ve­teri­nary Hos­pi­tal, which is in Sackville, N.B.; both owned by Dr. Tanya Spar­ling.

She con­tin­ues to have an in­ter­est in learn­ing more about ex­otics, as well as treat­ing wildlife, but is pas­sion­ate about com­pan­ion an­i­mal care, whether it’s den­tistry or surgery, phys­i­cal re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion or foren­sics. She was the re­cip­i­ent of Merck’s Small An­i­mal In­ter­nal Medicine Award upon grad­u­at­ing from AVC.

CON­TRIB­UTED

Ali­son ‘Ali’ Frye is the new­est vet­eri­nar­ian at the Amherst Ve­teri­nary Hos­pi­tal.

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