5 Questions With Riverview veterinarian Kim Tyson
This week we chat with Riverview veterinarian Kim Tyson, who grew up in Brandon and developed a deep interest in both medicine and animals as a child. Tyson graduated from Brandon High in 1985 and from the University of Florida, where she received her microbiology degree in 1989, then her doctorate in veterinary medicine in 1993. Tyson is also trained in acupuncture and has a special interest in animal dermatology. She has served the Riverview community through her Four Paws Veterinary Hospital for five years and works closely with local rescue groups to raise money for their cause and find them new homes. Tyson co-hosts a Yappy Hour monthly, which to date, has raised more than $4,000. In 2011, she received Business of the Year from the Greater Riverview Chamber of Commerce. 1.
What prompted you to go into veterinary medicine and how did you end up in Riverview? I went into veterinary medicine at the urging of my grandmother. She knew that I had a great interest in medicine and also animals. I thought that, as a woman, I was not able to become a veterinarian, but she pointed out otherwise and encouraged me. She could not have been more right! I love my profession! I came home after practicing veterinary medicine in Gainesville for 4 years, and after practicing at various locations in Hillsborough County, my husband, David, and I decided to move to Riverview due to its hometown feel and rural setting. Naturally, after living here for a few years close to family, opening a practice locally completed our dream.
2. What is the most rewarding part of your job? The best part of my job is being able to not only help animals in need, but being able to bring joy to their owners, my clients. I truly love restoring health, when able, to animals and see the joy that it brings to the ones that love them.
3. What is the most difficult part of your job as a veterinarian? The most difficult part about being a veterinarian, is seeing animals that are abused and otherwise uncared for, either without owners to take care of them, or owners who do not care about their animals well being.
4. Are you involved with rescue groups and if so, in what capacity? I am involved in helping rescue groups through the Yappy Hours that I co-host with Joia Fabulous Pizza and Martini Bar in Riverview every last Thursday of the month. I love getting to have others see these rescues and what they do and getting them to donate their treasure to the cause.
5. What is your favorite animal? My favorite animal is the cat. They are wonderful to curl up with on the couch after a long day at work, purring in my lap! I get lots of puppy and dog kisses when at work, so I have the best of both worlds!