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VICTORIA OCHOA, DVM, MS, DACVIM
Victoria Ochoa, DVM, MS and Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (DACVIM) has been part of WestVet since 2007. As a board certified small animal internist, Dr. Ochoa has the distinction of being one of only 1,180 active professionals worldwide. To become board certified, Diplomates must complete the four year Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree, as well as an internship and residency in their specialized field (an additional 3-5 years training). In addition, Board Certified Veterinary Specialists must pass rigorous examinations to achieve Board certification from the American College of Veterinary Medicine (ACVIM).
For Dr. Ochoa, the decision to pursue veterinary medicine came at an early age. During grade school, her love of animals and love of science drew her to the profession. She earned her undergraduate degree at UC California, Davis, majoring in Zoology, and while excelling in the science courses found that she thoroughly enjoyed her humanities and English classes. In 1994, she earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the University Missouri Veterinary College. It was during her time in veterinary school that she decided pursue veterinary specialty medicine where she could treat a wide variety of medicine cases.
After veterinary school, she completed a one year rotating medical and surgical internship at Mississippi State University, followed by a three year residency in small animal internal medicine at the Ohio State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital. While she enjoys all aspects of internal medicine, particular areas of interest are feline medicine, endoscopy, gastroenterology, and liver and kidney disease.
In addition to gastrointestinal, nasal, and respiratory endoscopy, Dr. Ochoa routinely performs advanced scoping diagnostics such as cystourethroscopy. Her exam room remains a busy place at WestVet where she treats family pets like dogs and cats, as well as occasionally assisting with exotic creatures from Zoo Boise. She also has extensive experience in treating canine and feline cancer patients.
She was the first person in the extended Ochoa clan to attend and graduate from high school without interruption and the first to graduate from college, as well as to go on to postgraduate work. “My father grew up in a time when his Mexican heritage and accent made many teachers discount his abilities,” she said. “He was very proud to have first one and then two "Doctors" in our family. My brother graduated from human medical school in 2005, and works as an internist (a hospitalist) for humans. You may imagine how the conversation can be skewed during a dinner with the two of us.”
Dr. Ochoa worked for approximately 10 years in California where she lived close to much of her extended family. In 2007, she and her husband were ready to leave the overcrowding of the Golden State, but wanted to remain in the West. The Treasure Valley appealed to them on many levels, “My husband and I wanted to live in a place that offered a veterinary hospital for me, and good recreation.” She said, “We can mountain bike, he can dirt bike ride and do trials riding, and I can hike into the hills—just a few blocks from our home—any time. Yet, Boise is a true city, and we can take advantage of the museums, events, restaurants, etc.” In addition, she had previously worked with WestVet owner and Hospital Chief of Staff, Jeff Brourman. During her residency in Ohio, Dr. Brourman was a student.
In her free time Dr. Ochoa enjoys reading with emphasis on classics, especially Victorian literature. “I am part of a book club, and I enjoy reading biographies, especially those of the founding fathers and prominent women in the American past.” She can also be found bird watching, both in the local hills, wherever she travels, and occasional trips with the local Audubon society, including those early mornings (up at 4 AM!) to see the sage grouse. She enjoys travelling. She and her husband have mountain biked in many states including Utah, Colorado, Missouri, Indiana, Arkansas, Arizona, New Mexico, and Hawaii.
Recently, they experienced a ten day family riverboat cruise through Belgium and the Netherlands. She says it was a marvelous chance to see great art, ponder sites connected with WWII, and visit with family.
She says she thoroughly enjoys the challenges and joys of practicing veterinary specialty medicine. “As someone whose family was not highly educated, well-connected, or affluent, I am very grateful to have been able to enter this profession. Education and veterinary medicine have enabled me to learn constantly, to meet extraordinary people, to serve the public, to travel, and to have much richer life than would have occurred otherwise.”
Dr. Ochoa is an integral part of WestVet. She brings her knowledge and expertise to our team and we are delighted to offer her services to the Treasure Valley.