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Director Spotlight: Dr. Nicole Fulcher, DVM

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Spotlight: Dr. Nicole Fulcher, DVM

We are so thrilled to welcome our newest Director of Veterinary Medicine at the Macklind Headquarters location, Dr. Nicole Fulcher, DVM!

How long have you been practicing veterinary medicine, and why did you choose that career path?

I have been in veterinary practice for 31 years.  I chose the profession as an animal science major who became interested in veterinary medicine my sophomore undergraduate year working at our college dairy farm.

Tell us about your education/background, & career prior to arriving at AMCMA?

Undergraduate major: Animal Science at Rutgers University.  Grew up from birth to undergraduate in New Jersey. 

Worked in various veterinary jobs raising a family in Columbia, Missouri for 27 years.  Worked in general practice, for a rescue, owned my own business performing mobile ultrasound services for animal hospitals in the area.

How did you come to be employed with AMCMA, and what about the organization drew you in?

I became interested in AMCMA since it was a non-profit organization and we are part of the Humane Society of Missouri.

What role do you feel that a veterinarian plays in their community?

We have a community obligation to serve our client’s pets as well as be the “gate keepers” of zoonotic diseases that can be spread from person to animal or animal to person.  We are a resource when it comes to education for our clients and communities.

What is your favorite part of your job?

Right now, I am transitioning into the later part of my career so am moving more into the management aspect of the hospital.  I am enjoying right now learning as well as interacting with our management team to find ways to keep our hospital running smoothly for our clients and patients.  My focus and favorite part of my job is learning management skills and focusing on wellness for both our staff and patients.  The veterinary profession as a whole now is also focusing on Mental Health.

What has been your most challenging experience as a veterinarian?

My biggest challenges have been communicating what is best for the patient to the client and giving them options to help their beloved pet.  Understanding from the client’s point of view and not being judgmental or jumping to conclusions about what their decisions they have made.  Sometimes I can make assumptions without digging deeper into the back story of what the client needs from me.

What do you like to do in your free time when you aren’t helping animals?

I enjoy reading, resting in nature and spending time with my friends and family.

Anything else you’d like to add?

Veterinary medicine has truly changed over the past 30 years and our doctors and staff have been challenged at all fronts in so many ways and I have to say that we do it for the love of animals and not for money, nor ego, nor attention, nor personal gain.

The Animal Medical Center of Mid-America has veterinarians at three locations that can answer questions about your pet’s health. Call 314-951-1534 or click here to request an appointment online.