Over the first 18 weeks of the new year, we will be conducting one on one interviews with each of our veterinarians in an effort to help you get to know all of them better! In addition to the interview, they will be posting pictures on our facebook account during their week to share some behind the scenes images of their day to day. We hope you enjoy following along!
Up this week is Misty Gray, DVM. Dr. Gray completed her internship with our practice in 2008 and stayed on as an associate. Her interests lie with reproduction, acupuncture, and chiropractic. Dr. Gray has two adorable sons Jesse and Tyler, who will make an appearance this week!
Q: Tell me about your first meaningful memory with an animal.
A: I grew up in a very small community in North Louisiana where family and friends were incredibly important. I have so many fond memories of my childhood and animals are intertwined in almost all of those memories. Probably my first meaningful memory of animal love comes from my Great Uncle Fred. I was the first grandchild and appropriately spoiled. Every year for Easter, Uncle Fred would bring me either a duckling or a baby bunny. My parents were good sports about it. My ducklings were always named “Peep Peep” and they would follow me around the house and the yard. I would even sneak them into my bedroom at night. The bunnies always had bakery themed names… Muffin, Cupcake, etc.
Q: Do you remember a specific moment when you decided you wanted to be an equine vet?
A: I went to vet school planning to practice small animal medicine despite being a lifelong horse lover. I thought that small animal medicine would give me a better income and quality of life so that I could enjoy being a horse owner more. At the last minute when deciding my clinical track, I checked the “Equine focus” box and decided to switch paths. I’ve never regretted my choice.
Q: What colleges/universities did you attend? When someone asks “where did you go to school?” what do you tell them?
A: I have always been very goal oriented and focused. I knew that I wanted to go to veterinary school and that in state tuition would be hugely beneficial so I was LSU bound from the get go. I chose to go there for undergrad as well as vet school so I’m an LSU Tiger through and through.
Q: Tell me about the animals you own now.
A: We currently have a rescue pup named Penny that came from the streets of Puerto Rico. She is a sweetheart but has an independent streak. Unfortunately, she hates car rides so she won’t be accompanying me on farm calls like my previous companion, Abby, did. We also have two cats, Casper and Linus. Casper will eat anything. He has stolen an entire slice of pizza off of my plate, a chicken breast off the kitchen counter, and dragged a giant bag of potato chips under my bed. Linus was adopted as an adult and struggles with anxiety. All of our pets are very snuggly.
Q: What do you do for fun, outside of work and spend time with your animals?
A: I have two little boys, Jesse, age 3.5 yrs, and Tyler, 9 months, and almost every spare second I have is spent enjoying them. I’m a homebody at heart, I’m at my happiest when I have no agenda or demands and can just spend the day at my house with my little family. We spend a lot of time out in our backyard playing with the kids, listening to good music, and messing around in the various flower beds.
Q: If you weren’t a vet, what would you do for a living?
A: I know this sounds lame… but I would love to work in a library. I am an obsessive reader and I love the quiet, organized peace of a library. When I was a child, my mom was an elementary school teacher and I would go help re-shelve books with Mrs. Eason, the school librarian, after school while my mom finished up grading papers and working on lesson plans. It made me feel very important and really engrained a love of reading and books in me.
Q: What’s a good book you’ve recently read and enjoyed?
A: I’m a book junkie and have almost no standards for what I consider to be a “good” book. If it’s a good story and can transport me to a different time… I love it. I especially enjoy period romances but the most recent book that really got to me was The Glass Castle.
Q: What is the hardest thing you’ve ever accomplished?
A: 1) Getting accepted into vet school. 2) Graduating from vet school. 3) Unmedicated childbirth. 4) Being a working mom… in no particular order 🙂
Q: Favorite place you’ve ever traveled to?
A: My husband and I visited Peru following his graduation from law school. It was absolutely magical. We spent a few days in Cusco and visited Machu Picchu… it’s a must see, in my opinion. We then spent a few days in an eco lodge in the rainforest and ended the trip in Lima. The people were so kind and the history was truly awe inspiring. I would go back in a heartbeat.
Q: Favorite food?
A: Louisiana Boiled Crawfish. It’s the food I miss most and it just can’t be replicated up here. It’s more than just the food itself, it’s the whole experience – a big table, covered in newspaper, with family and friends crowded around as a big pot of hot crawfish and corn and potatoes gets spread around and everyone digs in. A real Louisiana Saturday night.
Q: Something most people don’t know about me…
A: I entered vet school after only two years of undergrad so I don’t have an undergraduate degree. My only degree is my DVM. I also have a great memory for music lyrics. I can sing most 90s R&B and pop songs, classic country songs, and a whole host of Disney songs. I can’t sing them well… but I can sing them.
Q: I am obsessed with…
A: Getting a full night’s sleep, but I haven’t had one in at least 3.5 years so the dream lives on. The immediate future doesn’t look promising either.
Q: If you could have a gigantic billboard anywhere with anything on it — metaphorically speaking, getting a message out to millions or billions — what would it say and why? It could be a few words or a paragraph. (If helpful, it can be someone else’s quote: Are there any quotes you think of often or live your life by?)
A: Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work. ~Thomas Edison
Q: What is an unusual habit or an absurd thing that you love?
A: I like to “eat” chocolate milk with a spoon. Something about the metal makes it taste better? It always gets an eye roll from my husband.