Local veterinarian honored
Santa Rosa Veterinarian Dr. Deborah Crippen received the California Verterinary Medical Association’s Distinguished Life Membership Award on June 21 in San Francisco at the Pacific Veterinary Conference. Crippen was honored for her more than 30 years of contribution to the profession.
Crippen served as the second female president of the Association in 1996 and has served on several of its committees and task forces, and was a member of its House of Delegates and Board of Governors.
After receiving her biology degree at Sonoma State University, Crippen spent two years as a Peace Corps volunteer in Swaziland, Africa, starting that country’s cattle insemination program. She earned her degree in Veterinary Medicine from the University of the Philippines, College of Veterinary Medicine after the Peace Corp.
Returning to Sonoma County in 1983, she became a licensed veterinarian after working at Lakeside Pet Hospital on Montgomery Drive for a year and bought the practice 12 years later.