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Posted: Wednesday, June 12, 2019 10:30 pm

Amanda Hanzel started as Wharton Veterinary Clinic’s newest veterinarian on Monday, June 3. Hanzel did undergraduate studies at the University of Texas in Austin before completing her DVM at Texas A&M in College Station. Hanzel, who is in her first professional position, said she always wanted to be a veterinarian ever since the first time she heard the term.

Hanzel is a lifelong animal lover who has a dog and a cat. Growing up on her parents’ hobby farm in Farmersville, she rode horses on trails and was surrounded by various farm animals.

“I bribed my parents to get our first dog, and ever since then I’ve loved animals,” she said. “We didn’t get our first horses until I was 14. I don’t ride anymore, but I did a lot of trail riding.”

In college, she specialized in studying food animals, like cows, goats and llamas.

“I’ve always liked food animals. I think it’s important to protect our food supply. I think they’re a big part of that. I think there’s a part of being good to the animals you eat and making sure that the people raising them are happy and you have a good, solid supply. I think that’s underrated,” she said.

As a general veterinarian, she treats all types of animals, large and small.

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