Meet Carolina Equine Hospital’s Newest Veterinary Intern, Dr. Kaitlin Mielnicki!
Every year, Carolina Equine Hospital (CEH) welcomes two new veterinary interns to join the team for a year. Our interns are fully-licensed veterinarians and are pursuing an extra year of experience and mentorship before they move on to other positions. Interns are a great addition to our team, and while we miss them once they finish out the year with us, we know they are heading off to go make a difference in the lives of new clients and their animals. This year, we will start out introducing Dr. Mielnicki first!
In order to get to know Dr. Mielnicki, Ashley ambushed her as she was trying to fill out some paperwork.
Ashley – Where are you from, and where do you live now?
Kaitlin Mielnicki- I grew up in Lebanon, Ohio, which is a suburb of Cincinnati (near King’s Island and the World Equestrian Center).
A- Where did you attend vet school?
KM- I graduated from Ohio State in 2016, GO BUCKS!!
A- What do you like to do in your free time?
KM- I love to travel, experience new foods, spend quality time with my family, work out, and snuggle up on the couch with 1 of my 3 cats and a Netflix show!
A- What is your favorite food?
KM- I am a sucker for all comfort food. I love sweets! But I also love lobster, scallops, lamb, pizza, burgers, mac and cheese, etc!
A – Please tell us an interesting fact about you Dr. Mielnicki!
KM- I have been to 12 different countries (some of them multiple times!). BONUS FACT- I was the youngest in my vet school class.
A – Now on to the work- related ones!
When did you develop your interest in horses?
KM- I first fell in love with horses as a child at a summer camp in Kentucky. That’s where I first learned basic horsemanship and riding skills.
A – Do you have any of your own horses?
KM- I’ve actually never had a horse of my own, but I will once I’ve settled down somewhere!
A – What made you want to spend a year interning at CEH?
KM- This practice is full of hardworking people with good hearts and a passion for learning and teaching. When I visited, I just knew that this was an environment I wanted to work with and to learn in.
A – What is one thing you feel is very important for horse owners to know about caring for horses?
KM-You, as the owner, know your horse better than anyone. Also, not every case may be straight forward and very often health care involves a team-oriented approach from the owner, the patient, the trainer/barn manager, the farrier, and the veterinarian. Regardless of course of outcome, you can rest assured knowing your CEH veterinarian is doing his or her best for you and your horse!
A – What is your favorite part of your job?
KM- I love solving the puzzles our patients often present us with. I also love having the opportunity to send a patient home, especially if it’s been a long, hard road back to wellness.
Dr. Kaitlin Mielnicki joins a team of providers at Carolina Equine Hospital that is passionate about equine health. From routine check-ups and vaccinations to reproductive services and acupuncture, CEH has the equipment, experience, and expertise to provide the best care possible for your horse. If your horse needs medical services or you would simply like to schedule a routine check-up, you can request an appointment online.