|Old North End Veterinary Clinic
Born and raised in Indiana, Becky is actually a southern Californian at heart. She majored in education and played women’s basketball for Indiana University. She moved from the Midwest as soon as possible after college but is still a closet Colts fan. Becky spent the first half of her adult life in Phoenix, San Diego, and Los Angeles.
After student teaching in Indiana and realizing that the classroom was not for her, Becky started her working career as a wilderness educator. For eight years she ran an outward bound style program for kids in the Phoenix high schools. She organized and guided adventure trips to Colorado, Utah, Hawaii, Mexico, and Europe. Most of the time, she stayed closer to home and taught skiing, back packing, rock climbing, wilderness survival, and lots of old fashioned life lessons in the desert and high desert of Arizona. She also participated in the National Outdoor Leadership School.
After leaving Arizona, Becky began a lifelong career search, tackling every opportunity that came along. She is truly a jack of all trades and has been a small business owner several times over. Becky designed and sold women’s athletic clothing (Fine Line Design), performed interior faux painting (Finely Finished). She has sold cars, water purifiers, and real estate, has studied feng shui, and was a partner in an event coordinating company in Los Angeles (The Dog and Pony Show). Becky has her Commercial Drivers License and has studied acupuncture. From the mid-90s until 2001, Becky traveled extensively for Pallotta Teamworks organizing large scale athletic fund raising events, including many 3-Day Breast Cancer Walks and the AIDS Vaccine Rides. Becky spear headed The Seed Fund which was a small organization dedicated to getting surplus goods from local businesses into the hands of worthy non-profits.
Becky now manages Vet To Pet Mobile and the Old North End Veterinary Clinic. She books appointments, sends reminders, does the finances and taxes, maintains the computers, software, printer and phones, manages the cleaners, the security, the government agencies and the vendors, and is the first and last person every client sees. Now that is a jack of all trades!
Both Becky and Susan visit their parents as often as possible and Becky helps care for her recently widowed father who still lives at their old family home in Indianapolis.
Becky is a fantastic cook and loves to walk, hike, go to the movies, snow shoe, sew, read, travel and harvest a share at the Intervale Community Farm. She and Susan volunteered as ushers with the Lake Monsters in 2010. She was active in the grass roots effort to achieve equal marriage in Vermont. She has three times hiked the Grand Canyon, most recently hiking rim to rim in 15 hours in September, 2011.
Susan's Cabin in Fairbanks
Susan McMillan is a sixth generation Chicagoan but moved east to attend Dickinson College in 1979 and then American University and George Washington University. She lived and worked in the Washington, DC area for twelve years before leaving the madness to attend the University of Wisconsin, School of Veterinary Medicine where she graduated in 1997. Susan practiced at a thriving four doctor small animal practice in Fairbanks, Alaska for five years. Her days were filled with surgery, medicine, ultrasound, x-rays, lab work, bush medicine, and emergencies (lots of ‘kicked by moose’ injuries and porcupine quills). Susan spent many, many long winter days and nights as a volunteer vet for sled dog races including the Yukon Quest, Quest 250, Junior Quest, and Copper Basin 300. She enjoyed working with teens and rookie back-of-the-pack mushers whose only goal was to finish with a healthy, happy team of dogs.
After leaving Alaska in 2001, Susan did relief work in San Diego. She launched Petcounselor.com, a veterinary second-opinion venture. In 2003, Susan, Becky and their dog Killian went on a 17,000 mile road trip and found their way to Vermont. They started Vet To Pet Mobile Veterinary Service in 2005. After a year, it was time to get the business office and inventory out of the house. Since it seemed Burlington needed a small, storefront veterinary clinic, Susan and Becky opened the Old North End Veterinary Clinic in November 2006. Susan is the primary veterinarian for the Humane Society of Chittenden County and works almost daily with their staff. She is currently the President of the Greater Burlington Academy of Veterinary Medicine and is a member of the AVMA and the VVMA.
Susan was a Big Sister with Big Brothers/Big Sisters and volunteered with Wilderness Search and Rescue in Fairbanks. She was a Special Olympics coach in Madison, Wisconsin, and wrote for and was the Assistant Editor of Out In The Mountains here in Burlington. Susan bicycled across the state of Montana and raised $17,000 for AIDS vaccine research in 2001. She went to Haiti and was an original board member of the Vermont Medical Response Team in 2010. Susan was also on the board of Vermont First and was active in helping achieve equal marriage in Vermont.
Susan and Becky live with their two cats. Fang wandered up to Susan’s parent’s house in Peoria Illinois twenty years ago and now happily holds court in front of the wood stove or any sunny window. Fury is a four year old acrobat from the Humane Society of Chittenden County. Killian, a sweet and beautiful border collie, from the Frederick County Maryland animal shelter, was a once in a lifetime companion and friend. She was our clinic mascot but she succumbed to old age in November, 2010 at the age of fifteen years. R.I.P. Killian.
While Susan enjoys hiking, walking, running, water skiing, snowshoeing, gardening, photography, and drawing, she has actually spent many years just studying. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from American University in 1982 with a BA in Criminal Justice. In 1987, she graduated with a JD from the George Washington University National Law Center, having been the Student Director of the Bankruptcy and Consumer Law clinics for one semester each. After that she worked in consumer protection and was a Courts and Drugs Reference Specialist for the Department of Justice National Criminal Justice Reference Service. She finally made her way to the University of Wisconsin, School of Veterinary Medicine where she earned her DVM in 1997 and also received the Class of 1997’s clinical competency award.
On a way more fun note, in 2008 Susan and Becky hiked the Grand Canyon, 25 miles rim to rim, and then did it again in 2011. They are evaluating several other extreme day hikes and are planning to tackle Mt. Whitney and Half Dome in 2013.