Bailey Tumas, B.A., A.A.S., C.V.T.
Veterinary Technician, Oncology
I grew up in the Bay Area in Northern California. My mom, dad, and stepmom are all veterinarians, but none of them practice, so I was convinced at a young age that veterinary medicine wasn’t a successful career option. That didn’t keep me from surrounding myself with animals. Growing up, I rode horses, fostered feral kittens, and often convinced my parents to visit the shelter, which resulted in both a cat and dog adoption over the years.
In 2010, I moved to Colorado to attend the University of Denver. I graduated in 2014 with a bachelor’s degree in biology. After graduation, I immediately started working in a veterinary clinic because I couldn’t think of anything I would love to do more every day. I went back to school in 2017 at the Bel-Rae Institute of Animal Technology to become a veterinary technician and graduated with honors in 2018.
During my time in veterinary medicine, I have seen many patients diagnosed with and battle cancer. Those are the cases that stick with me the most. I am amazed at the advances in veterinary cancer care and the treatment options we can provide. My desire to work with cancer patients full-time led me to the Flint Animal Cancer Center. I was inspired by how much the Flint Animal Cancer Center does for beloved pets, and I am excited to be part of a team that leads the way in cancer treatment and research. I am especially grateful for the opportunity to help our brave patients and loving owners through this difficult time.
At home, I have a very handsome and loving, but very neurotic border collie heeler mix named Rylee as well as my boyfriend’s very sweet and wise heeler mix named Rossignol. Outside of work, I love to hike and camp, especially in high-altitude environments and international destinations. I recently visited Svalbard and Tromsø, Norway. I also love exploring all our local breweries, working with wood, and cooking.