Dr. Ivy Thomas graduated from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in 2007. She is originally from Mississippi and moved to Southern California after graduation for undergraduate studies at San Diego State University. Prior to veterinary school she was a registered veterinary technician at a small animal referral and exotics practice for almost 6 years. She has done clinical externships at Louisville Zoo, Henry Doorly Zoo in Nebraska, Wildlife Safari in Oregon, and Phoenix Zoo. Immediately after veterinary school she did a small animal/wildlife medicine and surgery internship at Sonora Veterinary Specialists in Phoenix, AZ and stayed on for a short time as one of their emergency clinicians. She then did an exotic medicine and surgery internship at Avian & Exotic Animal Clinic of Arizona. She has since worked as a small animal and exotics clinician around the valley in Phoenix, Arizona. She has volunteered her time providing medical services throughout the years to Southwest Wildlife, Phoenix Herpetological Society, several shelters, as well as RAVS trips through the humane society. Since 2010 she has been one of the consulting veterinarians for the Belize Zoo taking veterinary students from Ross University, as well as most recently Midwestern Veterinary School.
She is excited to move back to California and work with small animals and exotics. In addition to her passion for veterinary medicine, her interests include conservation and teaching. Her hobbies include traveling with her husband, they have hosted foreign exchange students in their home for 4 years, playing with her many animals, writing, painting/crafts, dancing, hiking, camping and going to the beach.