Dr. Betsy Brevitz is delighted to join Dr. Frantz and Dr. Roby on the staff of Fanwood Animal Hospital. As a child, Dr. Brevitz dreamed of becoming a writer or a rancher—neither a likely career for someone growing up in the suburbs of Battle Creek, Michigan. Amazingly, over the course of 20 years, she has been able to combine her love of animals and medicine with her love of writing, becoming both a veterinarian and an author.
During her undergraduate years at Michigan State University, Dr. Brevitz majored in journalism and political philosophy. After graduation, she moved to New York City and began a career copy editing and writing for various magazines. After 10 years in the publishing world, she decided she wanted a different kind of professional life, and set out to become a veterinarian. She quit her job at Premiere magazine, began working as a veterinary assistant at Animal Kind Veterinary Hospital in Brooklyn, and started taking the college science courses she needed to apply to veterinary school. She is proud to have been accepted by Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University, graduating in 1998.
Dr. Brevitz joins Fanwood Animal Hospital after practicing for 10 years at Summit Dog & Cat Hospital. She is also the author of The Complete Healthy Dog Handbook: The Definitive Guide to Keeping Your Dog Happy, Healthy & Active, now in its third printing by Workman Publishing. You can read Dr. Brevitz’s weekly blog on the Workman website.
Dr. Brevitz lives in Maplewood with her husband, two children, dog Sparky, and cat Susie, plus an ancient zebra fish and a mob of backyard birds that consume pounds of seed each week. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her family, both human and animal; gardening, which mostly means pulling weeds; and reading. She recently reread The Black Stallion, by Walter Farley, and enjoyed it nearly as much as had at the age of seven. The only downside was that she didn’t have the suspense of wondering how things would turn out for Alec Ramsay and The Black.