Dr. Shannon Burroughs graduated with honors from North Carolina State University in Raleigh in 2010. Since 2010 she has worked full-time treating small animals at a local animal hospital. Dr. Burroughs has experience with birds, wildlife, exotics, pocket pets, and zoo species. Shannon has obtained her CVA (Certified Veterinary Acupuncture) from the Chi Institute in Reddick, FL.
Dr. Burroughs also has a Master's Degree in Sociology and worked as a Social Worker for many years prior to becoming a veterinarian.
"What greater gift than the love of a cat?" - Charles Dickens
My husband and I met in graduate school at UNCG when we were both completing Master's Programs in Sociology. After graduation in 2000, we decided to teach English in South Korea for a year. At the end of our contract, with the money we had saved while living in South Korea, we traveled all over Southeast Asia and Central America for a year. At the time, almost everything we owned was in our two backpacks. It was mostly filled with clothes, anti-malarial medications, water and books. In order to afford our travels, we slept in youth hostels or stayed in the homes of local people and traveled almost entirely by train, bus or on foot.
In our travels to almost 20 different countries (mostly developing) we saw many amazing sights, but also some very heartbreaking things including neglect and harm to animals. It was during these travels that I realized that I wanted to become a veterinarian.
When we returned home, I worked full-time and went to school full-time for 3 years in order to get the experiences I needed to apply for vet school. I was accepted at North Carolina State University's College of Veterinary Medicine (ranked third in the nation for veterinary medicine). After four years in this rigorous program, I finally became a veterinarian in 2010.
After graduation, I worked in a corporate veterinary hospital for 7 years. During this time, I felt that I needed more time with each client, and I noticed a need for affordable care in clients' homes. Many of my elderly clients expressed concern about getting their pets in, driving at night, etc. Then, there were also the geriatric pets that my clients hated to have to bring in for care as it was difficult and painful to get them in and out of the car. Some pets got car sick. Others were dog aggressive and clients stressed about having to be around other pets in the waiting room or parking lot. I know very few cats that are excited about going to see the veterinarian and many pet parents have trouble getting them in the carriers to even get them to their appointments. In response to the many requests I've received over the years to start doing house calls, I decided to take the plunge and start a mobile veterinarian practice.
When not working, I am very active at my son's school. I am the current PTO president and every Friday I volunteer teaching science to second and third graders at my son's school. My husband and I have also taken on the mission of creating a playground space for the elementary school that my son attends, because they have a large empty field without any equipment to play on. We have spent many weekends at the school designing and building an Imagination Garden with flowers, herbs, a balance beam, a teepee, etc.
My non-human family members include 4 adopted cats (Orion, Helios, Ginger, & Sasha), a rescued Beagle (Willow), four backyard hens (Buttercup, Priscilla, Princess & Fiesty) and three aquarium fish. We don't know their names.
In my leisure time I enjoy cycling, running, gardening, reading, traveling, scrapbooking, and arts & crafts.
"Happiness is a warm puppy." - Charles M. Schulz
As a mobile veterinarian, I have gotten many questions about how it all works. People want to be able to visualize what a house-call veterinarian visit looks like.
I'll come to your door (sometimes alone, sometimes with an assistant) at our scheduled appointment time. If your pet doesn't like the doorbell, please let me know and I can call or text you when I arrive.
I'll come inside to meet you and your pets. I will get a thorough history from you about your pet. If you have medical records that you would like for me to review, please email these records to me PRIOR to your appointment. You can let me know if you have any initial concerns or questions about your pet. This will also allow some time for your pet to adjust to us being in their home.
I will then do a thorough physical exam, focusing on areas that you are concerned about. I will also bring in a scale to get an accurate weight on your pet. You are encouraged to stay in the room with us for the exam.
After the exam we can discuss my findings and create a treatment plan together. Then, my assistant and I will collect the samples we need (blood, urine, stool, etc). If your pet is due for vaccines, we will also administer these. Some clients are "needle shy" and prefer to leave the room during the sample collection or vaccine administration. This is entirely up to you.
After we leave we will process any of the diagnostic tests (blood samples, fecals, urinalyses, etc.) and we will contact you with the results and with any follow up recommendations.