Q & A with Dr. Kristie Steele
When did you know you wanted to be a vet?
It's funny, when I was a little girl my family would call me Snow White because, just like the Disney princess, whenever I was outside animals would flock to me. I can remember when I was as young as three, I couldn't wait to go outside and feed the squirrels, birds, chipmunks and even frogs. I just wanted to be with the animals, they were my first friends. I've always wanted to be a veterinarian, I can't imagine doing anything else.
Tell us about your first pet?
I had a pet before I was even born, my family cat, Tabby, was there before me and stayed with me into my early childhood. When I was 5 I got a Schnazer dog called Pepper. But, I also considered all the outside animals my pets too.
What did you like the most about vet school?
Becoming a Vet!
What is your favorite thing to do with your patients?
Because I am the only Vet at the practice I get the benefit of always seeing the same patients, I get to bond with the pets. Seeing them go from puppies or kittens to adults is my favorite thing. But, if I had the extra time and a stereo system than my favorite thing would probably be a dance party.
What should every pet ower know?
That pet insurance is a real thing and every new pet owner should get it! Also, your pets need regular check-ups just like you do. You don't have to wait for your pet to be sick to see your Vet. Lastly, dental care, flea and tick and heartworm prevention are very very important.
How long have you been a Veterinarian?
I graduated from Ross University in 2005, a little over 15 years.
Why did you choose West Milford for your practice?
West Milford is my hometown. I've lived here all my life. I went to West Milford High School, I was very active in band, I was first chair clarinet. I love West Milford, I still live here and I have a daughter that goes to school here. It was a natural fit for me to open my practice in West Milford.
What are your hopes for the future?
I plan to be here for a very very long time. I hope to be a practicing Veterinarian long into my old age, it's going to be hard to get rid of me.
Who are your pets?
Well, aside from all of the outside animals (wink), I have a cat named Snowball and a German Shepard named Elsa Amber Steele.