Dr. Heather L. Kvitko-White insisted from the age of five that she would be a veterinarian one day. She remained true to her passion through the years, and eventually became a Veterinarian Internal Medicine Specialist. After residency, she and her husband faced path-changing career decisions. Deciding to go into private practice was a defining moment because it provided the real-world experience and foundation that she is known for today. Her experience for the next seven years as a practicing internal medicine specialist spanned both private and corporate hospitals. At times, as the only specialist in the practice, she didn’t have access to the fancy toys and equipment. This is when she learned to use creative, cost effective, and common-sense methods to help her patients, especially those whose families didn't have the money for the care their pets needed.
As a result of these experiences and some of her early consulting work, she faced a harsh reality that she had not expected. She quickly learned that veterinary schools struggle to train ‘practice ready’ veterinarians. Additionally, veterinary medicine as a whole is a cost negative career, and with the financial stress comes aggressive competition and emotional stress. Having discovered that herself, she left private practice after only seven years and began her bold journey to educate the industry about the benefits of pragmatic medicine. This focus, and her outspoken efforts for change, is how she became known as “The Pragmatic Professor”.
Today, Heather is an industry activist and national speaker who promotes a creative and common-sense approach to caring for animals without sacrificing quality. She teaches pragmatic veterinary medicine that helps fellow veterinarians run a profitable business while keeping their sanity. She mentors veterinary students and house officers in an effort to better prepare them for real world practice, and develops and delivers content for continuing education at all industry levels.
When Heather isn’t influencing change and promoting new ways of thinking in her industry, she’s spending time with her husband, Corey, and their two daughters, Evelyn and Avery. They enjoy traveling and exploring almost any destination together. Her hope is that her daughters will see that thoughtfulness does indeed affect lasting change, and that it will empower them to one day carry a torch for their own adventures and passions.