Dr. Clare Bartholomew grew up in northern California with an inherent love of animals and a home full of various critter companions. After graduating from San Francisco State University in 2010 with a bachelor’s degree in Zoology, she moved to Seattle and started working as a veterinary assistant in a small animal clinic. It was there that she fell in love with medicine and the idea of providing veterinary care to underserved populations, and she soon applied to veterinary school with the ultimate goal of becoming a shelter veterinarian. 

After graduating from Washington State University with her DVM in 2017, Dr. Clare spent 2.5 years working as an associate for a private small animal clinic in Clearlake, CA. This experience allowed her to sharpen her medical and surgical skills under the mentorship of excellent colleagues, while also providing insight into the struggles of low-income pet owners and overburdened animal welfare organizations.

Dr. Clare joined Mendocino Coast Humane Society in 2019 with the hope of making a positive impact on the lives of the community’s animal and human members. She lives in Fort Bragg with her fiancé Bobby, a Pitbull named Huey, 5 cats, and 5 chickens.