“In this role, I am the teacher and the student, always!”

Recognizing the increased need for relief during the pandemic, Dr. Amanda Clouser went about doing just that. From general practice to emergency, she steps in so you can step away. Dr. Clouser can be found hiking, beaching, boating, or riding horseback throughout the Bay Area. California friends – reach out and find some relief!


What inspired you to become a veterinarian?

As a small child, I had a cat that contracted FeLV and had to be euthanized. At that time, there was no vaccine available, and I decided I would be the one to make one! Fortunately, a vaccine became available as I was still on the path to becoming a veterinarian.


What roles have you had within the veterinary profession? How about outside of this industry?

I have practiced as both a general practice and emergency veterinarian.


What made you switch to relief practice?

When the pandemic hit, the need became greater for veterinarians to be able to step away for their own health and/or the health of their families. I wanted to help fill these needs for my colleagues and to keep pets in the Bay Area happy and healthy.


What is your most memorable relief job?

Too many to pick just one!


How do you feel that relief practice supports the veterinary profession as a whole?

Having a resource for clinics and colleagues to provide continuous care for people’s animals is important from a medical and emotional standpoint.


What are your favorite things about being a relief vet?

I really enjoy meeting new staff and learning new approaches/protocols that different clinics implement.


What are your least favorite things about being a relief vet?

I don’t always get to know the outcome of a particular patient, especially when on ER service. My technicians will often contact me to let me know how “Fluffy” did after surgery or extended hospitalization as I care for every life I touch.


What do you look for in a practice when deciding to cover shifts for them?

I look for hospitals that understand the dynamics of teamwork while also respecting that as the doctor, I am steering the ship. I need them to trust that I am ultimately making the best decisions for the pets, clients, and staff.


What supplies or equipment do you bring with you on the job?

My medical training, experience, people skills, and common sense.


Have you picked up any unique practice tips while being a relief vet? These could be related to medicine, workflow, practice organization, or anything really.

I am always open to new, better, or alternative way to do things. In this role, I am the teacher and the student, always!


What advice would you give new relief vets? (Alternatively, what advice would you give someone who is thinking about being a relief vet?)

I think gaining the team’s trust and being comfortable being uncomfortable is a must, as a new environment is around every corner. All clinics operate differently. A relief vet must be flexible enough to carry out protocols that are different in each clinic while also knowing the boundaries that our license dictates.


How has the global pandemic affected your relief practice?

I have only practiced relief during the pandemic, so I do not have a reference point for relief work prior to the pandemic.


What states are you licensed in and/or states you are working to obtain licensure within?

I am licensed in California.


Aside from English, what language(s) do you speak?

I am English speaking only.


What are your hobbies / passions outside of work?

I enjoy hiking, reading, and spending time with friends. I also love horseback riding and anything on a beach or on a boat.


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