Alison Gerken, DVM (Clinical Behavior Resident)

Alison Gerken, DVM (Clinical Behavior Resident)

Veterinarian and Clinical Behavior Resident

Dr. Alison Gerken

Dr. Alison Gerken is a second-year resident in veterinary behavior at the Florida Veterinary Behavior Service under the mentorship of Dr. Lisa Radosta. She graduated from the University of California Davis School of Veterinary Medicine in 2017. Following veterinary school, she completed a one year internship at VCA San Francisco Veterinary Specialists where she then worked as an emergency clinician for another year. Dr. Gerken has a special interest in feline behavior and is inspired by her three kitties, Hetch-Hetchy, Lily, and Bambu. Learn more about veterinary behavior and the Florida Veterinary Behavior Service at flvetbehavior.com.

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