My name is Shannon Kesting. I was raised on a farm in Illinois. I received my bachelors degree in biology with a chemistry minor from The University of Missouri-St. Louis. My doctorate it veterinary medicine (DVM) from The University of Missouri - Columbia, College of Veterinary Medicine was completed in 2005. My first year as a practicing veterinarian was in Farmington Missouri. During that first year, I cared for dogs, cats, cows, horses, goats, sheep, and one llama. I had a great time and gained experience in many areas but especially surgery, infectious diseases, and farm animal medicine.
From there I moved to St. Louis and worked for a busy, small animal practice. Here, I gained experience with senior wellness and management of long-term disease processes. The dream of Alaska had been brewing for a few years, and I finally made my way to this great state. I have always been in love with small airplanes, ocean kayaking, hiking, fishing, cabins, cross country skiing, and really all things Alaska. I received a position at Pet Emergency Treatment in the summer of 2007. My dog, cat, best friend, and I drove to Alaska. Since arrival, I have further fallen in love with this state and have made it my home. My experience at Pet Emergency Treatment greatly advanced my medical knowledge with emergency and critical care. I was also granted the opportunity to be a trail vet for the Iditarod. My experience on the Iditarod was one of the best times of my life, and I hope to repeat it again in the future.