Dr. Molly Gasparini
Medical Oncology Intern
I grew up in Winter Springs, FL, a suburb of Orlando, and have been surrounded by animals for as long as I can remember. Thanks to my parent’s shared love for animals, I have had many pets, including dogs, cats, horses, a bearded dragon, and even a squirrel orphaned by a Florida hurricane. I always took a great interest in the veterinary care my pets received and decided early on that I wanted to pursue a career in veterinary medicine.
I attended Florida State University (go Noles) for my undergraduate degree in Biological Science and volunteered at both large and small animal hospitals to gain experience. I was accepted to the University of Florida, where I received my Doctor of Veterinary Medicine along with a Master of Public Health.
Because of my riding experience and love for horses, I entered veterinary school intending to become an equine veterinarian. However, in my third year of veterinary school, my best-childhood dog, Jose, was diagnosed with a splenic mass and hemangiosarcoma. The diagnosis left me heartbroken and terrified of the unknown, but later showed me the information and available treatment options. This, along with my experience as a student on the oncology service seeing other oncology patients, encouraged an immediate career change. I knew that I wanted to be a part of providing hope and educating those who found themselves in similar situations as I did not so long ago.
After graduating from veterinary school, I began a rotating internship at The Ohio State University. My year in Columbus solidified my desire to be an oncologist. My most memorable experiences all involved providing oncology clients with complete information and being a part of a team that makes the best decision for them and their pets. During this year, I was fortunate enough to visit the Flint Animal Cancer Center. I was so impressed by not only the tailored medicine plans for each patient but how genuinely close the team of doctors and veterinary technicians seemed to be. I am so excited about the opportunity to join their team and be a part of this amazing training program.
In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my dog, Clementine, and cat, Bee, as well as exploring Colorado, traveling, college football, and seeing my horse, Kalifornia, any chance I get.