Meet The Vet: Dr. Meg Walker
Dr Meg Walker is a North Carolina native, growing up in Weddington just a few miles away from the practice. She has always had a strong love for animals and has wanted to be a veterinarian since she was three years old. She received her Bachelor of Science in Biology with a minor in Chemistry from Western Carolina University in 2014 and graduated from North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine in May 2018.
She received her acupuncture certification through the Chi Institute in May 2018, even studying and traveling throughout China during veterinary school to immerse herself completely in acupuncture training.
Her favorite part of being a veterinarian is getting to know her patients and their owners. Her goal at each visit is to provide individualized care for each pet while making the visit as stress free as possible. When she is not in the clinic, she can be found riding horses, swimming, hiking in the mountains with her fiancé, Ben, and their dog, Luna, or watching Panthers football with her cat, Luke.
Where did you grow up?
I actually grew up in Weddington, literally less than a mile from the clinic. I love this town so much and all of the great memories I have here. I am very excited to be able to return and be able to serve as a part of this tight-knit community.
What made you decide to be a veterinarian?
It was never really a conscious decision! I don’t remember ever wanting to be anything else. I grew up with quite a menagerie of animals and my parents both worked in the medical field, so it was a natural calling. Becoming a veterinarian has definitely been a life long dream come true!
What do you do in your free time? Any hobbies?
I love to be outside and to be active! Riding horses, swimming, hiking, and taking fitness classes are some of my favorite things to do.
What do you think a veterinarian’s role is in the community?
Veterinarians have a very unique role in the community – our job is so much more than puppies and kittens! Vets are also trained on many other topics in school – such as how to keep the public safe from diseases and ensure animals that are raised for food are handled humanely and safely. I think sharing our knowledge with the community as well as providing excellent care to keep our pets healthy and happy is so important!
Do you own any pets?
I do! I currently own a 13 year old domestic shorthair cat named Luke and a 2 year old Lab/Dane mix named Luna Bean. Luke is definitely the king of the house and is enjoying his retirement after studying through vet school with me. Luna came into our family this past October and is our wild child, she definitely keeps us laughing on a daily basis. They were both adopted from the mountains of western North Carolina. Luna is actually going to be the flower girl in my wedding this October!
Anything you would like the residents of Weddington to know about you?
I am very excited to be joining the Weddington Animal Hospital family and am really looking forward to meeting all of you and your pets!