Hilary Coulombe, DVM, loves animals and enjoys medicine, so becoming a veterinarian was the best of both worlds. After seeing the movie Free Willy as a child, she fell in love with orca whales, and basically all animals, and knew then what career path she would follow. She was so drawn to the field at such a young age, that she first practiced veterinary medicine on her stuffed animals.
Since then, Dr. Coulombe has spent much of her life volunteering with animal health and welfare organizations, including Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium. One of her primary goals as a veterinarian is to help give pets their best and healthiest life. This involves treating pets while they are sick and helping educate pet parents about how to best care for their animal companions. Preventive medicine is one of Dr. Coulombe’s top priorities.
At home, Dr. Coulombe’s Netherland dwarf rabbit, Roscoe, keeps her company. Her pet rabbit means the world to her. No matter what is going on, he jumps in her lap and makes every day better.
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM), Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine
Bachelor of Science (BS), honors, in Biology, minor in Chemistry, Northern Illinois University
Joined West Loop
April 16 2018
Netherland Dwarf rabbit, Roscoe
Fun Staff Facts
“My most interesting experience working with Marine animals occurred while volunteering at Shedd Aquarium in their Penguin Encounter program. I got to introduce Magellanic penguins to guests and help teach them about husbandry and conservation.”