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Alyssa White, CAS/BS '10, veterinarian, City Paws Animal Hospital

Above, Alyssa White holds her dogs, Linus and Rerun. Below, a lab coat and stethoscope; crackers; surgical equipment; a passport; needles and blood tubes; Patriot League championship rings; a canine toothbrush; animal figurines; Drug handbook; dog treats
Stethoscope and lab coat

I have been at City Paws for a year, but I’ve been working with animals professionally since 2010. As a general practitioner, I see 16 to 20 dogs and cats a day.


I often walk in at 6:45 a.m. and don’t leave until 8 p.m., so I keep crackers and apples in my desk drawer.

Animal figurines

I grew up on a sheep farm in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, and it’s a big reason why I love animals. We had Cheviot and Hampshire sheep, llamas, goats, chickens, and dogs.

Plumb's drug book and calculator

Plumb’s Veterinary Drug Handbook lists all pharmaceutical drugs and baseline dosages for a range of species, including cats, dogs, and exotic animals. Everything’s calculated by body weight.

Surgical equipment

Every other Monday is a surgery day. My longest was a four-hour double lumpectomy on a dog.

Dog leashes and collars

Linus is a six-year-old dachshund-beagle mix and Rerun is a six-month-old mini dachshund. They’re a therapeutic part of my life.


My husband, William White, SOC/BA ’10, and I love to travel. Our recent adventures include Denmark, Belize, France, and Mexico.

Dog and feline treats

I’m a Fear Free-certified veterinarian and have learned techniques to reduce animal stress. Using positive reinforcement through treats can help scared animals that revert to fear-based aggression.

Tubes and needles

Animals can’t tell us what’s going on, so we rely on physical exams and lab work.

Patriot League championship rings

I was a goalkeeper on AU’s four-time Patriot League championship field hockey team. It instilled in me a strong work ethic and sense of teamwork.

Measuring cup and canine toothbrush

My PSA: Measuring food can help dogs stay leaner and avoid diseases. Dogs also can get awful dental disease, so I suggest brushing their teeth three or four times a week with poultry-flavored toothpaste.

Bile lock and helmet

I ride my Cannondale a mile to work. I have lived in Bloomingdale in Northwest DC for nine years.