Morika Ogawa, DVM
Dr. Morika grew up in Middlebury, Vermont where she developed a strong connection to the mountains, woods and fields of her childhood home. Her earliest jobs were around horses; exercising and training as well as working in the barns and even a little polo. After earning an undergraduate degree in anthropology from Haverford College in Pennsylvania, she returned home to Vermont to spend the summer working with her beloved horses. During that time she worked closely with a local equine veterinarian and it was then that she decided to pursue a career in veterinary medicine.
Over the next year and a half she completed the necessary prerequisite science courses through UVM’s post-baccalaureate premedical program. In 2009 she moved to Athens, Georgia to become a Bulldog and earn her veterinary degree at the University of Georgia. Although she first approached veterinary medicine through her love of horses, she decided to focus on companion animal medicine for her career.
Following graduation from UGA, Dr. Morika matched to a rotating internship in emergency medicine and surgery at the Veterinary Emergency and Referral Group in Brooklyn NY. After completing her internship with VERG, Dr. Morika worked in a busy small animal clinic in the Park Slope neighborhood of Brooklyn. She became the medical director of the practice and pursued her interests in internal medicine and soft tissue surgery. After seven years in Brooklyn, Dr. Morika decided it was time to return to Vermont and her beloved mountains, woods and fields.
Outside of work her interests include skiing, hiking, ceramics, reading and cooking. She is so excited to be joining the team at Ark!