“My superpower? Nobody makes better cheeseburgers than I do.”

Renee Rucinsky

Where did you earn your degree?

DVM, DABVP(F), University of Missouri, 1994.

What’s your proudest career accomplishment?

Achieving certification by the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners in feline practice.

What gets you out of bed every morning?

My dog gets me out of bed every morning! I get my inspiration from so many places, particularly nature, ever growing and changing and adapting. I’m revitalized by having time in the woods, or on a bike, or in the water. Being able to appreciate the tiny things, like bugs and plants and everything else in the world around me makes me realize that my purpose in life is to try to leave things better than I found them, whether it’s the people I meet, the animals I take care of, or anything else that crosses my path.

Contrary to what my dog thinks, the world does not revolve around me!

What are you known for?

Well, I’m a cat person, so people know me for that. Specifically, I’m known for feline endocrinology and geriatrics, and management of cats with multiple problems. I’m known for being practical and straightforward in my approach to just about everything. I think it’s super cool to be able to share what I’ve learned over the years that can help other practitioners and technicians take better care of their patients. It’s all about the cats!

What’s your superpower?

Nobody makes better cheeseburgers than I do.