Dr. Michelle Allen, DVM
Michelle is a native of Nova Scotia, Canada. She grew up with a love of all animals which led her to take any opportunity possible to volunteer with local animal hospitals and on surrounding farms. After initially attending Nova Scotia Agricultural College, Michelle obtained early entry to veterinary school after her junior year and completed her degree at Atlantic Veterinary College. Although not in her initial plans heading into vet school, Michelle was suprised prior to the start of second year when Patrick proposed. She said yes and they soon became the Drs. Allen. Following graduation Michelle had the opportunity along with Patrick to perform a one year internship in internal medicine and surgery at Chesapeake Veterinary Referral Center in Annapolis. This experience was key in shaping how she practices veterinary medicine and she has been fortunate to have maintained a wonderful relationship with many of the doctors at CVRC through the years.
Following her internship she entered small animal practice in Germantown, MD. As family life and children then began to take priority in her life, Michelle transitioned into relief veterinary work through the Baltimore and Washington, D.C. regions serving numerous hospitals throughout. While frequenting the Eastern Shore with Patrick on weekends the charm of the Shore took hold and it wasn’t long before Michelle and Patrick moved East of the bridge.Read more...
Since coming to the Shore Michelle has become well known for her gentle way with her patients. Many refer to her as the cat whisperer due to her amazing ability to create a stress free experience with her kitty patients. With first-hand experience of seeing how reduced stress can facilitate a much more pleasant and effective visit with patients Michelle, along with Patrick, have embraced pursuing a ‘fear free’ approach.
Outside of work Michelle is a mama first. She remains constantly on the move shuttling her children, Kaylee and Kellan, between their many activities. With such a busy schedule you’ll often see the kids in tow at work. Although that’s enough to keep her busy, she’s also got a spoiled lab Ben attached at her hip and the family cat Charlie begging to go for car rides.