Desert Willow Veterinary Services, LLC
Dr. Samantha Uhrig was born and raised in Carlsbad. Her family ran a beef cattle ranch outside of Carlsbad where she spent most of her time working on 4-H projects and studying wildlife. In 1988, she obtained her state and federal permits to rehabilitate wildlife, and she and her mother began operating a wildlife rehabilitation facility at the family ranch. They cared for everything from songbirds and hawks to deer and raccoons. In 1998, Dr. Uhrig completed all of her college education at Colorado State University. She finished her Bachelorís of Science degree in Wildlife Biology, then she finished her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 2002. Following veterinary school, Dr. Uhrig did a one-year internship in Food Animal Medicine and Surgery. After her internship, she went on to complete a Masterís of Science degree in Clinical Sciences, specializing in recognition and treatment of pain in animals. Her work included a study of morphine in llamas, creating training modules for USDA Veterinary Care Inspectors, and documenting side effects of anti-inflammatories in dogs. In addition to her masterís degree, Dr. Uhrig also performed a study on venereal transmission of brucellosis in bison.
Once her family was able to return to Carlsbad, Dr. Uhrig opened her mobile practice. She is excited to offer her services to residents of Eddy County and is looking forward to giving back to the community that gave her such a great start to her career.