Marta Sanchez-Emden, DVM, CVA, CCRP


Founder, Animal Health and Rehabilitation Center

Founder, Galloway Animal Hospital

Veterinary Journalist

Speaker and Author 

Marta Sanchez-Emden, DVM, CVA, CCRP, graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor's degree in biology from the University of Puerto Rico. In 1994, she earned her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from Tuskegee University in Alabama where she graduated cum laude. She received numerous student awards during her veterinary school years, including the American Association of Feline Practitioners Award for Outstanding Ability in Feline Medicine and Surgery, and the Hill's Science Diet Award for Outstanding Proficiency in the Dietary Management of Diseases.  

She has worked in Miami since her graduation from veterinary school 26 years ago. Her interest in integrative medicine grew when, after 10 years of practicing conventional medicine, she became frustrated with what seemed to be premature euthanasia of older patients and patients with chronic diseases. She founded Animal Health and Rehabilitation Center in 2003 and Galloway Animal Hospital in 2005.  

Sanchez-Emden is one of the few veterinarians with certifications in both veterinary acupuncture and in canine rehabilitation. She was one of the first veterinarians in South Florida to obtain the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society Certification (2002), and one of the first in the nation to obtain the Canine Rehabilitation Certification by the University of Tennessee (2003). She served as a consultant for the Hill's Science Diet International Advisory Board for three years, and collaborated with the Miami Zoo providing acupuncture and rehabilitation therapy to the zoo animals for several years. 

She is a certified veterinary journalist. She was resident veterinarian for Univision’s “Despierta America” show for seven years, and in addition, contributed on a biweekly pet segment on Univision’s “Tu Desayuno Alegre” show from 2012 to 2015. She was also the veterinarian for Univision’s “La Revista de Zuleyka” morning show.  

She has recorded educational videos in Spanish for Elanco and Merial Pharmaceuticals. She has participated as  a frequent guest on PBS–Spanish “Mi Mascota TV”, Sirius XM Radio: Cristina Radio “Animania” show, and the “Animales 360” radio show. Her book, Chihuahuas: How To Be Your Dog’s Best Friend, was published in 2013 in both English and Spanish. She hosted her own “Hablando de Perros y Gatos con Dr Marta” podcast show on Petlife Radio, sponsored by Merck Pharmaceuticals. She is featured on CBS4 News and other local news frequently. Since 2017, Sanchez-Emden has been seen frequently on Telemundo’s morning show, “Un Nuevo Dia” and CNN Espanol, which is broadcasted to a national and international audience. She is a collaborator for Vet Candy, a digital magazine for veterinarians. She writes a monthly pet health column for the Miami magazine The Florida Villager, and has been voted “Best Veterinarian in Miami” by the magazine’s readers for five years in a row. Sanchez-Emden was featured as cover story for PetVet magazine in December 2018. She hosts the Spanish-language veterinary blog Dr Marta Vet. When not working in her field, she practices the sport of fencing. Being an international competitor prior to entering veterinary school, she resumed the sport after having established two veterinary hospitals in Miami and becoming a mother of two. At present she competes at national and international levels. She has competed in the World Fencing Championships in Slovenia, Italy and Cairo, Egypt. 

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