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Paula Monroe

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Paula Monroe
Dr. Paula Monroe made a decision in high school that she stuck to, and that was to become a veterinarian. It was a great choice. Dr. Monroe was named Veterinarian of the Year by the Tulsa Humane Society in 2007, and was featured in the Tulsa People Magazine pet issue in 2008 and 2009.

'I knew from a young age that I wanted to be in the medical field in some way,' she said. 'I decided in high school because of my love for animals.' Dr. Monroe grew up in Kiefer, Oklahoma. 'We always had animals of all kinds, from the traditional dogs, cats, chickens and turtles to the not-so-common, including a crow named Crawford and a squirrel named Curley.' Right after high school she worked at Jenks Veterinary Hospital as a kennel technician her first summer out of high school. Dr. Monroe earned an Associate's Degree from Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College and went on to earn her undergraduate degree from Oklahoma State University in Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources in 1993. She was named an Oustanding Alumnus at her college's 2015 alumni conference. 'Each summer home from college I worked at a veterinary hospital, including Jenks, Alta View and Veterinary Medical Center, all of which were in the Tulsa area,' she said. In 1996 she earned her DVM from the College of Veterinary Medicine at Oklahoma State University. While in school Dr. Monroe was elected President of the student chapter of the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP), and she received a proficiency award from the AAFP in feline medicine and surgery during her senior year. Dr. Monroe has a special interest in feline medicine and surgery, pain management, geriatrics and hospice care. 'People seem to feel so helpless when their pet is sick or hurt. It's a great feeling to be able to alleviate some of that anxiety and help the owner make their pet well again,' Dr. Monroe said. 'I also really enjoy helping people take care of their elderly pets so they live as long as possible and are comfortable, happy and healthy in their senior years.' Dr. Monroe is a member of the American Association of Feline Practitioners, the American Association of Veterinary Medicine, the Veterinary Information Network, the Tulsa County Veterinary Medical Association, the American Veterinary Medical Association and the International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management. She has completed the North American Veterinary post-graduate Institute in the following disciplines: Feline Medicine and Emergency Medicine and Critical Care. She has completed training in the Advanced Feline Dentistry and Oral Surgery at the Animal Dental Training Center and an advanced course in Feline Ultrasound at Sound Technologies. Dr. Monroe is active in the American Association of Feline Practitioners. She was on the board of AAFP from 2012-2016 and was the chair of the national welfare committee from 2011-2016. She participated in the subcommittees that created position statements on 'Environmental Enrichment for Cats', 'Hospice Care In Cats' and 'The Use of Positive Reinforcement for Desired Behavior in Cats', which have each been published in the AAFP Journal. Dr. Monroe is the current President-elect of the AAFP and will serve as president in 2018. Dr. Monroe and her husband Jeff share their home with three cats named Slinky, Amazing and Braille. Braille was born blind and 'she has taught me more about feline behavior than any book.' Dr. Monroe enjoys working out, mountain biking and spending time at the lake with her husband. She is a member of the Calvary Baptist Church of Inola. She joined River Trail in April of 2012.

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