Paula Schmidt, DVM
Dr. Schmidt moved to Alaska from Illinois in 2004. She had wanted to live in Alaska ever since the sixth grade, in Kansas. Her teacher, Carol Mohling, had spent summers backpacking in Alaska and loved sharing photos from her trips. This same teacher instilled the values of native American rights, animal rights, environmental conservation, and altruism. These values and this positive influence led Paula to special education and the career of school psychology.
Paula served as a school psychologist for 8 years in Iowa and Illinois before being called to give voice to the truly voiceless, animals. She earned her DVM in Illinois in 2003. Paula worked in private practice from 2003-2006 and owned her own practice in Anchorage from 2006 to 2011.
Dr. Schmidt joined the Alaska SPCA in the fall of 2011. She loves working at the SPCA because the people she works with all have the same goal-to improve the lives of animals. Paula’s spare time is spent outdoors doing anything in Palmer with her husband, Chris, dogs, Lax and Murphy, and African grey parrot, Loki (who enjoys the indoors).