Amelia Kaeding, a Delaware native, earned her doctorate in veterinary medicine from the MU College of Veterinary Medicine in 2017.
“It’s funny, I applied to Missouri only because I noticed I met all the requirements,” she said. “But, as it turned out, I found I really liked their program. You get very hands-on training at Missouri. The extra time you spend in clinics is very helpful. I had never thought about, or had access to large animal medicine, but ended up really enjoying that.”
After graduation, Kaeding returned to the East Coast and practices at Falls Road Animal Hospital, which is where she met CVM supporters John and Susan Warshawsky.
“Falls Road is the closest thing to an urban emergency facility in the area, although we’re actually just outside the city, in Baltimore County,” she said. “Probably 65 percent of my caseload is emergency cases. It’s good experience — my surgical skills are definitely above par now — and I’m certainly not bored. I had never thought about doing emergency medicine — at Mizzou, I took just one emergency elective class — so it’s something I never really expected. But, I like working here.”
Despite being something of a newer name in Baltimore, she’s quickly becoming a familiar face. She appears regularly on WBAL-TV’s local morning show, answering viewers’ questions about their pets. Those segments can be found on YouTube.
A pet owner herself, Kaeding keeps a cat, Ferdinand Magellan; Ares, a German shepherd dog; and Scout Finch, a cockatiel. She says Ferdinand has a decent apartment where he allows her to live as long as she feeds him and changes his litter box. In her limited free time, Kaeding and Ares enjoy hiking, running and swimming.