Susan Curci, DVM

Emergency Medicine

Dr. Susan Curci’s path to emergency veterinary medicine was not quite traditional, and featured numerous twists and turns along the way.  She grew up primarily overseas due to the requirements of her father’s work, and moved frequently.  The one most coveted, unrealized dream she had for years during her childhood was to own a dog.  Sadly, there were only a few years during which she was able to enjoy the company of canines during her early years.  Due to her exposure to various cultures and languages, she fell into a French language major at the University of Virginia.  After graduating in 1988, Susan opted to serve as a second Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps.   

Having completed this service, she finally opted to return to school with the goal of obtaining the prerequisites to become accepted into a veterinary medicine program.  Happily, she was able to accomplish both of these objectives at Colorado State University, from which she graduated a DVM in 2002.

Although a career in dairy medicine was Dr. Curci's initial objective, having spent much time in dairy research and feeding dairy calves as she worked her way through school, she wound up enjoying life as an equine and camelid ambulatory practitioner for two years after graduation.  However, she soon became drawn to the intensity and personal relationships that characterize small animal medicine, specifically emergency medicine.  The variety and unpredictability of emergency medicine,  in addition to the rewards of being able to help patients and owners during their most stressful times, has made this truly a great fit for her personality.   Most recently she spent 13 years in Cleveland, OH where she worked as emergency clinician and cheered on the Indians in her (rare) spare time.   

The lure of working with an amazing, team oriented group of specialists, as well as the beautiful South Carolina weather prompted a move to Charleston in November, 2018.   Treatment of shock, pain management, and treatment of working dogs are among her special interests in ER medicine. 

When not at work, Dr. Curci will most likely be found training or recreating with one or more of her four Belgian Malinois.  She competes in IPO, and is interested in learning more about dock diving, as her family of Malinois are happiest when they stay busy! 

Education / Experience: 

2018-presentEmergency Veterinarian - Charleston Veterinary Referral Center
2010-2018Emergency Veterinarian - MedVet Cleveland West (Animal Emergency Clinic West), Cleveland, OH
2008-2010Emergency Veterinarian - MedVet Akron (Akron Veterinary Referral and Emergency Center), Akron, OH
2005-2008Emergency Veterinarian - Lorain County Animal Emergency Center, Lorain, OH
2005Relief Veterinarian - Various Practices, Colorado
2003-2004Associate Veterinarian - Noah's Ark Veterinary Hospital, Williamsburg, VA
2002-2003Owner/Practitioner - Equine and Camelid Veterinary Services
2002Doctor of Veterinary Medicine - Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Science, Fort Collins, CO
1988-1992Communication Officer - United States Marine Corps
1988Bachelor of Arts - French - University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA