Dr. Becca Pava graduated from Colorado State University School of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences in 2016. She spent three years practicing in Santa Fe, New Mexico prior to heading to Ottawa to join the team at Nepean and Chapman Mills Animal Hospitals. Growing up as an only child, she developed a deep understanding for the human-animal bond from an early age, considering her three dogs and one cat as her siblings, and she always aspired to be veterinarian so she could help perpetuate and strengthen that bond for others. Although Dr. Pava primarily works with dogs and cats, she holds a place in her heart for larger animals, particularly giraffes and elephants. This love developed in frequent childhood visits to the Albuquerque BioPark, as well as a semester studying wildlife management in Kenya and Tanzania during her undergraduate work at Connecticut College. When she isn’t taking care of others’ animals, Dr. Pava loves spending time with her own animals and her husband, Rob. While they are new to the area, their wonder-mutt, Charlie, is helping them explore the vast hikes and trails that Ottawa has to offer.