Growing up, Dr. Fetterolf had a strong interest in science and medicine. She spent a lot of time with her uncle who was a nurse and attributes his influence on her as a major factor in her career decision. She can remember saying, “I want to be a pediatric neurosurgeon” long before she really understood what that meant.
After high school she attended the University of Pittsburgh to study ‘pre-med’ and earned a double major in Neuroscience and Biology and a double minor in Ecology and Chemistry, graduating with a Bachelor of Science. Although on track to attend (human) Medical School, she decided to move to Brisbane, Australia where she studied Marine Zoology at the University of Queensland. Upon returning to the USA, she began a Master’s of Science in Oceanography at Texas A&M University (TAMU). It was during this time that Dr. Fetterolf realized how much she missed medicine. While completing her MS she researched a career in Veterinary Medicine and gained employment as a Small Animal Orthopedic Veterinary Technician at TAMU. A year later she was accepted into TAMU’s College of Veterinary Medicine.
After graduating from TAMU with a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Fetterolf moved to Charlotte, NC where she completed a 13-month rotating Internship in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery at Animal Medical Hospital. Upon completing her Internship, she practiced Emergency Medicine and Surgery for 10 years in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia before shifting to serve clients and patients as a general practitioner.
In her free time she enjoys traveling, kayaking, yoga, and hiking.