Elise Craft, DVM, DACVECC
Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care
Dr. Craft's interest in veterinary medicine began early - during her years as a 4-H kid growing up in rural Ohio. "Animals were always a big part of my life, and I was always fascinated when the veterinarian would come to take care of the horses. It just seemed like the best job in the world!" And her opinion hasn't changed. "There are good days and bad days, no matter what profession you're in. I'd rather have a bad day being a veterinarian than a bad day doing anything else."
Luckily, she was able to attend and graduate from The Ohio State University's College of Veterinary Medicine and then complete two internships there as well. "I just liked so many different aspects of veterinary medicine it was hard to pick just one to focus on! The internships allowed me to hone my skills in surgery, medicine, cardiology, anesthesia, everything! Then I realized that emergency medicine allows you to practice all of these every day." She then went on to work as an emergency doctor in Phoenix, Arizona for two years and then completed a residency in emergency and critical care at the University of Minnesota.
"Critical care and emergency medicine are my passion. I love the fast paced environment and never knowing what I'm going to be treating or seeing when I wake up in the morning. Additionally, I really enjoy the rapport that I can create with my clients, even in the short period of time involved in an emergency visit. No one plans emergencies, and they can be really frightening for pets and their owners. My first job is to get the pet through the crisis. My second job is to make sure that the family understands what's happening and what we're going to do to help them. It's a true calling, and I'd never do anything else."
When Dr. Craft isn't saving lives she enjoys spending time with her husband Paul (also a veterinarian in the area), and their three children. Her house is shared with William the Jack Russell Terrier, Fiona the French Bulldog, and Frederick the cat. Everyone spends Saturdays cheering on the Buckeyes!!