Dr. Sarah Smets was born and raised in Belgium. There, she first discovered her love for animals after constantly being surrounded by dogs, horses, sheep, goats and Flemish giant rabbits on her family farm. Before entering the veterinary field, Dr. Sarah received a master’s degree in History at Ghent University and a master’s degree in political science and non-profit organizations at Suffolk University. While earning her undergraduate degree, she studied abroad for a year in Sweden at Uppsala University. There she met her husband, Anders, and he was able to persuade her to move to New England where he grew up.
While working as a fundraiser for MGH and the Animal Rescue League of Boston, Dr. Sarah decided that she wanted to take her love for animals to the next level and chose to start a career as a veterinarian. After commuting across the Atlantic Ocean for several years, she graduated Magna Cum Laude from the Veterinary program at Ghent University with a focus on companion animals. During her studies she participated in many externships, including a month-long externship in the dental and oral surgery department at UC Davis.
After completion of her degree, she passed her US veterinary boards and obtained her ECFVG credentials, which allowed her to practice in the US and Vermont. She also participated in a spay and neuter program in Mazunte, Mexico—this program reduces the local pet population and promotes the survival of endangered sea turtles that nest on the coast.
Dr. Sarah has relocated to the Burlington, VT area with her husband, her 10-year old Golden Retriever Penelope Waffle and eight-year-old foster failure cat Frederick Deuce. Here she enjoys the proximity to the lake and the excellent skiing. Her hobbies include spending time with her family in New Hampshire on Squam Lake and baking way too many cakes, breads, and other sweets. A family favorite is her “kattekop” baked apples, a recipe from her hometown!
Dr. Sarah is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Vermont Veterinary Medical Association and the Greater Burlington Veterinary Association. She has an interest in Internal Medicine and hopes to apply her knowledge to help chronically ill patients. She is excited to be the newest member of the Ark Veterinary Hospital staff and she cannot wait to treat the Shelburne-area pets with great knowledge and care.