Dr. Susan Holt is a native to Massachusetts. She was born and raised in South Weymouth. Her family moved out west to California where she attended Univeristy of California, Santa Cruz. Dr. Holt knew since she was a little girl that she wanted to be a veterinarian. Her parents taught her at a young age compassion for animals which she carried with her throughout her life. She graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology at Santa Cruz in 2005 and received her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from University of Illinois in 2009. She moved back to California to practice medicine. Her passion includes end of life care, hospice, surgery and shelter medicine.
Dr. Holt was well known in the Inland Empire (California) for her work with rescues. If there was a sick animal she could save, she would often times take the pets into her home where she nursed them back to health, out of her own pocket, and found them forever homes. Although she had four rescue dogs of her own, there was rarely a time when she wasn't fostering a dog or cat back to health. Rescues throughout Southern California recognized and appreciated her dedication and compassion for less fortunate animals.
After 8 years of practice in the sunny weather Dr. Susan Holt decided that she wanted to be closer to family and moved back to the South Shore in 2017. Since then she has continued her work in general practice. Shortly after arriving home, Dr. Holt decided she wanted to do more for the community. Offering at-home euthanasia was her way of giving back to the community as she knows all too well how difficult this time can be.
Dr. Holt is very compassionate with animals and is very grateful that she can help make the process of losing a pet a little easier for both the pet and the family. She is very thorough in explaining the process, loves to hear all of the fun stories people have had with their pets, and is a great ear and shoulder to cry on. She, too, lost her best friend at home and is forever thankful she had that opportunity to make her boxer, Kiva, comfortable at home during her final moments. She feels very fortunate to provide this service to people in the community and will make the experience, though sad and difficult, a smooth and peaceful process.
As of January 22nd, 2019 Dr. Holt is certified in Grief Counseling for Pet Loss by the American Institute of Health Care Professionals. Please refer to "Pet Loss Support" tab for reference on pet loss grief resources for you and your family.
Dr. Holt doing "work"