Dr. Arien Skiba grew up in Greenville, Pennsylvania, and always had dreams of becoming a veterinarian - mainly because she loved 101 Dalmatians as a child. Pursuing a veterinary career became her life-long goal after surviving hydrocephalus and a gunshot injury, thanks to medical care. These experiences fueled a love for the medical field, and her love for animals made veterinary medicine a natural choice. She attended the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine, where she developed a passion for public health, hospice, and compassionate end-of-life care. Dr. Skiba knew that she was destined to practice veterinary medicine outside a typical clinic setting, where a veterinarian can better engage with their community. Dr. Skiba believes that connecting with people and their pets on a personal level is the best part of being a veterinarian.
In regards to end of life care, Dr. Skiba believes in being able to help our furry loved ones cross the Rainbow Bridge with dignity in the comfort of their home. Although she could not send off her own beloved German shepherd at home, she was able to hold him in her lap as he went to the stars. Dr. Skiba promised that she would see him down the road, knowing they will meet again one day.