Dr. Garretson graduated from Louisiana State University’s School of Veterinary Medicine at the turn of the century in 2000. After graduation, Dr. Garretson spent 6 years in private practice in the Dallas and Waco areas of Texas. She then joined McLennan Community College as Instructor and Director of their Veterinary Technology Program, assisting students with obtaining Registered Veterinary Technician status. While working for the college, Dr. Garretson also worked in emergency and relief veterinary medicine in the Waco area. She returned to private practice on a full time basis in 2012. Recently, Dr. Garretson has returned to relief veterinary medicine because she enjoys visiting a variety of different veterinary facilities and meeting different veterinarians and their dedicated support staff. Dr. Garretson has been calling Fort Worth, Texas her home for 4 years now.
Dr. Garretson is dedicated to providing preventive care for all companion animals, including exotic pets such as ferrets, rabbits, rodents, reptiles and amphibians. Her professional interests include veterinary dentistry, soft tissue surgery, and exotic animal medicine and surgery. Dr. Garretson is a wildlife rehabilitator, licensed with both the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and the United States Fish and Wildlife Service. She is particularly passionate about the conservation of reptiles, amphibians and bats. She is cofounder of GeoHerps, a not-for-profit organization that supports the conservation of reptiles and amphibians.
Dr. Garretson is a full-time wife and Boy Scout mom to her three active boys. If free time allows, she can be found trail riding with any of her 4 mammoth donkeys Gambler, Google, Cowboy or Jodie. Dr. Garretson’s busy household provides a permanent home for 2 dogs, 4 cats, 1 rabbit, 1 snake, 2 frogs, 4 toads, 2 box turtles, 1 tarantula and whatever wildlife happens to be in rehabilitation at the time.