I graduated from Colorado State University School of Veterinary Medicine in 1987 and went to work at a mixed animal hospital. I lived my dream, treating a variety of animal species - from dogs and cats to horses and cows to birds and reptiles - and loved doing it.
After I left that practice, I worked primarily as a relief veterinarian in San Diego County - filling in on a per diem basis for other veterinarians. And I learned to my surprise that I prefer treating just cats. I love other animals but I find cats to be more enjoyable, more interesting and in some ways more challenging patients. I also find that I prefer to focus on just one animal species - it allows me to study their individual diseases in more depth and it allows me to keep current on the latest medical advances.
Terry Daly, DVM
Ausculting a kitten.
Ausculting a kitten.
The staff is the backbone of the practice. While I manage to keep busy, they do the bulk of the work – and they do it wonderfully. They explain things to clients, they herd the cats, and they keep me on point. They make appointments, they treat the cats, they anticipate my needs. They comfort the clients, they calm the cats, they double check me. They clean, they order, they organize. I would be lost without them.
Terry Daly, D.V.M.
"I always knew I wanted to travel, which led to me joining the Air Force when I was 19. After graduating Basic Training and Technical School my husband and I were stationed in Virginia for 4 years. After Virginia we received orders for and moved to Ramstein AB, Germany where we stayed for our last four years in the Air Force.
My husband and the Air Force introduced me to video games, which we have shared with our children.
I like crafting to help with my kids’ school activities – Band, Drumline, and Color Guard."
Busy at work.
"I went to school for Veterinary Assistant and took a Humane Animal Law Enforcement class. Ever since I was little I knew my career path would be helping animals.
I moved from Chicago to Southern California when I was only five years old.
My favorite holiday is Halloween and love creating my costumes.
I love cars and collecting the Hot Wheels versions of them."
"Dancing has always been a huge part of my life, as I grew up dancing competitively. I still enjoy taking classes when I can, or dancing alone in my living room.
I love hiking and being outdoors. I spent five years living in Portland, Oregon and I'll never forget those long treks through the rain and snow. The more puddles to stomp in, the better! More recently, camping has become a great love of mine and I'll never say no to making some s'mores.
My husband and I have three cats - Aayla, Leia, and Reginald. They are the rulers of our household and we do our best to accommodate their royal needs."
"Ever since I was little I have always had a passion for helping others. After high school I began my studies at MiraCosta College in hopes of achieving my degree in nursing. Although my passion for the medical field remains, I am exploring and keeping my options open to discover what truly makes me happy, as well as to find what ways I can make an impact in this world.
One of my biggest hobbies is music; I love singing and dancing whenever I have the opportunity. I was involved in singing groups and ensembles since I was in elementary school and I was on the dance team in high school.
About 5 years ago, my boyfriend and I received a very special and unexpected gift. We became cat parents to our very special and spoiled little girl, Bleu. I had always dreamt of having a pet but had never been given that opportunity (besides a pet fish, if that counts). Since the day she was brought into our lives, we have made it our mission to do everything possible to keep her royal highness’ needs met- we wouldn’t have it any other way and I can’t imagine our life without her!
I am excited to be a part of such a great team and am grateful to have the opportunity to learn more while also helping others along the way."
"My husband and I just moved here from Atlanta with one dog and a clowder of cats. In Atlanta I founded and ran a cat rescue called Meow or Never that focused on TNR (trap-neuter-return) and community cat care, which is how we ended up with our motley crew of cats who were either foster fails or deemed unadoptable.
Before getting sucked into the world of cat rescue, I was a professional dog photographer with three dogs and never thought I'd have any cats (my husband is an adamant dog person and I was never allowed any pets growing up so I knew nothing about them), so I've worked in the animal world in one capacity or another for the last 15 years.
I have two Bachelor's degrees from the University of Georgia - one in sociology, and the other in photojournalism. I'm hoping to go back to school to earn a DVM once I get some prereq classes done, so I'm here soaking up as much knowledge and experience as I can in the meantime!"