Meet the Class of 2021: Kelsey Roberts

Apr 30, 2021
As a child, Kelsey Roberts often passed on the cartoons and woke up early to watch emergency animal shows on Animal Planet.

In a few weeks those shows will be her life.

Kelsey will be receiving her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine on May 8 and this spring she will join Cascade Veterinary Clinic, a small animal general practice in Wenatchee, Washington.

The area will lend itself to some of Kelsey’s favorite hobbies: hiking, backpacking, and mountain biking. “Then ending my hard work with good food and a beverage from a nearby restaurant. Bonus if they’re pet-friendly so the dogs can join,” she said. “My favorite thing to do is combine physical activity and good food.”

Kelsey will make the three-hour move to the Leavenworth-Wenatchee area with her husband, Andy; her dogs, Blue Belle, a pitbull-great dane mix, and Ruck, a pitbull-Labrador mix; and two kitties, Spud and Svedka.

The Meridian native also hopes to acquire goats, chickens, and maybe alpacas or a llama in the future.

Kelsey spent a good portion of her undergraduate time hunting frogs at night in the rainforest in Costa Rica for vocalization and infectious disease research projects.

She said she will miss being close to the many outdoor activities Pullman offers, especially floating the St. Joe River in the summer, but she’s amped to begin her career.

“Being a veterinarian allows me to work as a scientist, teacher, animal lover, and so much more, all while having a positive impact on the people in our community,” Kelsey said.