Julie Stafford is an associate veterinarian at Wasilla Veterinary Clinic. Born and raised in Anchorage, she left for the lower 48 to obtain a Bachelor’s of Science in Biomedical Sciences at Colorado State University and a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine at Oregon State University (Go Beavs!) in 2013. After graduating from veterinary school Julie worked as a mixed animal practitioner for several years in John Day, a rural cattlemen’s town in eastern Oregon, before returning to Alaska to be closer to friends, family, and enjoy an Alaskan life.
Julie became a veterinarian to improve the lives of animals and believes client communication and education are vital to the health and well being of our animals. She has found empowering clients through open, honest, communication and current, science based, education to be the most rewarding part of veterinary medicine. While she enjoys working with all animals, she has special interest in small animal surgery and oncology (cancer treatment and care). Julie is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and in 2014 was one of 10 veterinarians chosen nationwide as a Future Leader of the profession. She recently has been awarded the World Small Animal Veterinary Association “Next Generation Award” for leadership and dedication to the veterinary profession.
Julie has three rescued animals: Angel a 9 year old white German Shepherd who was to be euthanized for getting into the chicken coop one too many times, Alex a 3 year old German Shepherd who was a patient at Oregon Human Society when Julie was rotating there as a student, and Little Meow a tabby cat that was orphaned at 5 days old with a severe kidney infection.