by Monique Koll DVM
Hi, I’m Dr. Monique Koll, a USA licensed and accredited veterinarian since 2005. I’ve been in small animal day practice for years and now do full time emergency medicine. I also spent 5.5 years in nonhuman primate research, which ended when a C7 incomplete spinal cord injury paralyzed me when I was hit by an unlicensed/uninsured driver. All that, on top of being a single mother, in an incredibly abusive relationship and high student debt, and I’ve been through suicidal thoughts and financial struggles and all of the above. I’m lucky; I’m only partially paralyzed and can practice again, I had good support and now am in the healthiest relationship of my life and my son has actually benefited from what we’ve been through and is emotionally mature and well grounded.
My injury, and subsequent determination to still race half marathons and triathlons, has earned me a spot on the Today Show, as well as a couple of times in the Huffington Post, and several television, news and blog interviews on a local, national and international scale. Being from New Orleans, I am the epitome of outspoken and non-judgmental. This inevitably led to me becoming involved in “active transportation” and worked with my local and state governments to help change rules to benefit society. I’ve written several articles and have given several speeches to this end, and while city planning and transportation is still a hobby of mine, veterinary medicine is my first love and I want to use my spare time and resources to support our profession. I am dedicated to do what I can to help our mental, emotional and financial health, and the best way I can help at this time is to contribute to NOMV’s blog. Overall we will come through this a stronger and even better loved and respected profession than before, and I want to be part of that. If you have any questions or concerns, any general or specific topic you’d like more information about; if you see a media piece you think may be helpful or even have something you’d personally like to contribute, please let me know via Facebook or firstname.lastname@example.org.
I am excited to work for and with all of you.