Dr. Sarah Wallace
When Dr. Wallace was around eight years old, her father discovered an injured seagull at the beach. The bird couldn’t fly or eat because a fishing lure was stuck through his wing and beak. With no vets or rescue organizations in the area willing to assist, Dr. Wallace and her dad decided to take matters into their own hands. They carefully removed the lure, and gave the bird food, water, and a safe place to recover. The bird was successfully released back into the wild and returned to visit for several summers after. This experience sparked something in Dr. Wallace, and she knew then that she would one day become a vet.
Much of Dr. Wallace’s early career journey took place in Ohio, where she grew up. She spent four years in undergrad at University of Findlay, double majoring in animal science and biology and minoring in chemistry. After taking a year off to travel and spend time with family, Dr. Wallace was accepted into The Ohio State University of Veterinary Medicine. The four years that followed were filled with anxiety, friendships, tears, failure, successes, self-discovery, tons of coffee, so much studying and growth into the veterinarian she wanted to become.
Dr. Wallace found her work family at South Rhea Animal Hospital shortly after graduating with her DVM. She feels lucky to have found such a perfect fit for her very first job out of college. Professionally, she appreciates the variety of species that come into the clinic. Every day is different and there is always something new to learn.
Outside of work, Dr. Wallace has several fur babies of her own. Her canine children include a Great Dane named Gypsy, who is a total couch potato and loves attention, snacks, snuggling, and being pampered; a sheepadoodle named Barbara, who has an endless supply of energy, love, and pep, and enjoys jumping when she’s not supposed to, being dirty, and getting attention (good or bad); and an Irish Wolfhound named Shaggy, who loves to explore outside and is a total mama’s boy. Dr. Wallace’s feline family members include Scrotum, the OG and MVP who is both a master snuggler and a total diva; Epidermis, Scrotum’s boyfriend, a dapper lad who is featured wearing a tuxedo on Dr. Wallace’s arm tattoo; and Scabbers, son to Scrotum and Epidermis.
In what little spare time she has, Dr. Wallace can usually be found exploring the outdoors with her pets, exercising, or playing pick-up sports. She also enjoys drinking coffee (or margaritas – depending on the day), settling in with a good book, or visiting with friends and family.