Dr. Leigh Stevens was born and raised in Southern California before moving to Northern California for veterinary school. She graduated with a BA in Biology from the University of California, San Diego and a DVM degree from UC Davis in 1992. Dr. Stevens worked in general practice for a few small animal clinics until 2005, where her primary professional interests were Internal Medicine, specifically geriatrics and Dermatology. Since then, she has worked part-time as the supervising veterinarian at Scout’s House performing initial examinations on new patients.
One of the hardest things a pet owner has to do is say goodbye. Even veterinarians experience this with their own pets. All of the Stevens Family dogs and cats lived to an old age, and she was honored to help their transition when it was time to say goodbye. The hardest one was more recent and was her retired racing Greyhound, Hydro. With his awkward but stately, calm grace, he helped socialize more than five neighborhood Covid puppies and lived with two spunky house rabbits. Hydro’s old man ailments were medically managed and kept him comfortable, but then he developed a rapidly spreading skin and bone cancer. It became clear that nothing more could be done; all she could do was say goodbye. She was honored to send him gently to a place where he could race in green fields again.
Dr. Leigh Stevens is passionate about working with pets and their people. She has spent her veterinary career fostering the Human-Animal Bond and supporting human-animal relationships. She prides herself on being an advocate to help people and their animal companions in navigating all life stages, including end-of-life transitions.