Dr. Heather Stewart
grew up in Manhattan, NY; Oakland, NJ; and Santa Barbara, CA. She grew
up with so many animals, ranging from your typical cats and dogs to
horses and sheep and chickens and rats. Heather's grandfather was a
human doctor, her grandmother an RN, and her mom and RN, so the medical
field was apparently a genetic thing. It seemed logical to go into the
veterinary field, combining the medical interest with her love of
After high school in
Santa Barbara, she attended Rice University in Houston, TX and graduated
in 1997 with B.A.s in both Biology and German. She then worked in the
Boston area for a few years before attending the University of
Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine in Philadelphia. She
graduated in 2003 as a Veterinary Medical Doctor (VMD). (This is of
equal status to the more common "D.V.M." degree, but U Penn wanted to
acknowledge the fact that the vet school was based on the human medical
school and not on an agricultural school, so they kept the "MD" part.)
Dr. Heather first
started working as an equine vet exclusively, but then started working
at a small animal clinic to expand her knowledge of dogs, cats, and
exotic animals. She also has been doing some work at PAWS Wildlife
Center, helping to take care of injured wildlife.
favorite thing about veterinary medicine is the great variety of
creatures she gets to treat, and being able to help both animals and
humans in the process. She enjoys being able to see all of these animals
on their home turf in this mobile practice. She has many
pets of her own, including dogs, cats, blue-tongued skink, leopard
gecko, bird, horses, goats, sheep, pet cow and pet steer.
It's quite a zoo!
In 2006, Dr. Stewart
PennHIP (The University of
Pennsylvania Hip Improvement Program), is a great tool for evaluating
canine and feline hips for hip dysplasia. It is a much more accurate way
to evaluate than the OFA technique, and puppies can be evaluated as
early as 6 months of age. Please talk to us about having your dog (or
cat) evaluated. Unfortunately, our x-ray equipment is insufficient for
PennHIP at this time, so we will be unable to take PennHIP radiographs
for a while. See the above link for veterinary hospitals in our area
that can take care of you.
Dr. Heather became a certified veterinary acupuncturist via the Chi Institute in May 2015 and completed training for Tui-Na there as well in February 2017. She also works to better integrate Western and Chinese herbal therapies into practice.
Dr. Heather dedicates
this business to her father, Don Stewart, who passed away in January
2006 from lung cancer and aplastic anemia. Without his help, she would
never have been able to take the chance and try to run this mixed animal
mobile practice. He will be missed always. Not to be left out, though,
Heather's mother, Sue Stewart, who is motivational in her work-ethic and
positive attitude. She is a practicing RN in Rhode Island and has been a
tremendous help to Carousel Vet over the years.