A Star is Born: Vet Alumna Uses the Media to Promote Animal Care


North Brunswick, NJ–March 5, 2010–In 2007, Ross veterinary alumna Timnah “Timi” Lee ’06, received a surprising phone call from ABC News asking if she would be interested in appearing in a segment on the unprecedented pet food recall that was sweeping through the US at the time. Little did she know that her career was about to take an unexpected turn.  

Three years later, Dr. Lee refers to herself as a “media vet” and has appeared on Wal-Mart’s Pet Advice Series, Fox 5 News, and Animal Planet’s popular “Underdog to Wonderdog!” series.

“I was in the right place at the right time,” she said. “The clinic where I worked was located around the corner from ABC, which is how they found me. What I didn’t know at the time was how much I’d love media work, or how helpful it would be to my career.”

In fact, Dr. Lee’s media work was one of the main reasons she landed a coveted associate veterinarian position at Tribeca Soho Animal Hospital, one of the largest and most technologically advanced animal hospitals in New York City.

“They actually hired me in part to be their spokesperson,” she said. “Whenever we get media calls, they are routed straight to me.”

Growing up in Wilmington, DE, Dr. Lee had always dreamed of becoming a veterinarian. She attended Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY, where she graduated with a BA in chemistry with a concentration in biochemistry and a minor in biology. She also excelled in training horses and competing nationally in equitation, an English riding event that judges correct riding and proper body carriage of the horse and rider. Following her undergraduate studies, Dr. Lee was admitted to Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine.

“Going to Ross was the best experience of my life,” she said. “Everyone at Ross, from the faculty to the students, are so supportive and want you to be the best you can be. Ross gives you the tools to be an independent, hardworking veterinarian.”

After receiving her DVM, Dr. Lee’s independent streak led her to New York City.

“Originally I was going to be a large animal practitioner and work with horses, but instead I moved to the city and am now working with small animals. I’m very happy where I am. Going to Ross opened up so many opportunities for me that I wouldn’t have had otherwise. Looking back, I’m so glad I didn’t go anywhere else.”

About Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine
Ross University is a provider of medical and veterinary education, offering doctor of medicine and doctor of veterinary medicine degree programs. Founded in 1982 and located in St. Kitts, the School of Veterinary Medicine is affiliated with 21 AVMA-accredited US veterinary schools where students complete their clinical year.  The School of Medicine is located in Dominica, West Indies, with clinical education centers in Saginaw, MI, Miami, FL, and The Bahamas.

Ross University’s administrative offices are located in North Brunswick, NJ. For more information about Ross University, visit or call 732.509.4600/877.ROSS.EDU.     


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