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Welcome Dr. von Trapp

Welcome Dr. von Trapp

by Dr. Carla Case-... on Wed, 10/16/2013 - 7:35am


Submitted by Lisa A. Yackel

Hospital Administrator at Case Veterinary Hospital


At Case Veterinary Hospital, we have always been privileged to have many candidates to choose from when we are looking for a veterinarian to add to our healthcare team.  I frequently attend conferences where hospitals look for years for a replacement veterinarian before they find the right fit.  Several years ago, I actually interviewed over 52 applicants for an open position.  I know Savannah is part of the draw, but I am also proud (or vain) enough to think that our hospital is attractive to veterinarians who are looking for a fantastic practice to work at.  As a multiple doctor hospital, they have mentorship and camaraderie, as well as fewer on call weekends and evenings.  As an American Animal Hospital Accredited Practice, they know our Standards of Care have passed the “test” (only 15% of veterinary hospitals in the USA are accredited).  They know we have the latest in medical equipment and technology and, lastly, they know we aren’t going anywhere.  After all, we have been around for over 105 years! 

Recently, we had a doctor leave to pursue ownership of his own hospital and, just a few months later, we had a doctor leave to become a full time mommy for the next year or two.  This time, we didn’t have to place an ad or do extensive interviewing.  We knew that we had the right candidate pretty quickly.  On October 14th, we welcome Dr. Betsy von Trapp to our hospital.  She is a UGA classmate of Dr. Hall’s so we had his stamp of approval and she is the daughter of Savannah’s own, Dr. Elizabeth Miller.  Many Savannahians now “Doll” Miller as their ophthalmologist and others will recognize the name as the person who ran 60 miles on her 60th birthday to raise funds for the Humane Society.   After several years of living in Boston, Dr. von Trapp, her husband, and their newborn, Isabella, decided to move back to her hometown.

We know our clients will welcome Dr. von Trapp and we look forward to adding her to the Case Family.  She did an internship at the Georgia Veterinary Specialists in Atlanta as well as two years of emergency and general practitioner work in a hospital setting.  When asked why she chose veterinary medicine as a career (versus following in her mom and her sister’s footsteps as ophthalmologists), she replied, “I love the challenging nature of veterinary medicine-every day is different because every animal is different.  And, of course, I love that I get to work with animals every day! ”




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