Dr. Sandra simko
Owner / Operator, TLC In Home Vet
Ever since I can remember I have dreamed of becoming a veterinarian. This desire was further encouraged by my parents who allowed me to have a wide variety of pets, including dogs, cats, snakes, birds, ferrets, lizards, fish, and even a tortoise while growing up! This dream was realized when I received my Bachelor of Arts in Biological Sciences and Criminal Justice from Rutgers University, and my Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and Master of Public Health concurrently from the University of Florida in 2012. Following graduation I pursued a one-year internship in small animal medicine and surgery at Oradell Animal Hospital. In 2014 I first started offering veterinary end-of-life care on a part-time basis. It didn’t take long to realize this is what I was destined to do and that there was such an incredible demand for these services. In 2016 I left my full-time job to be more available to the families seeking end-of-life care in the home.
One aspect of veterinary medicine that I love is the human-animal bond. When I was 2 years old a kitten literally walked into the house while my mother was standing at the door. Ultimately my family decided she could stay and Tina was welcomed into our home. I’ll never forget my parents calling me at Rutgers, 19 years later, and telling me that Tina was not doing well. I went home to spend some of her last days together. The pain of losing Tina was immense, but the memories we shared I’ll never forget. It is this love I have for Tina that made me truly understand the strength of the human-animal bond.
I have witnessed time and again families looking to do everything they can for their beloved pet. Unfortunately and inevitably there comes a time where there is little or nothing that can be done to fix or cure their friend. Although this is a difficult experience for owners and tough decisions need to be made, I believe humane euthanasia is one of the greatest blessings veterinary medicine has to offer, and can be a relieving option when a pet’s quality of life is no longer acceptable. As the founder of TLC In Home Vet, I strive to make difficult times like these as peaceful, stress-free, and comfortable as possible.
I reside in Essex county New Jersey with my wonderful husband, my adorable son, my beautiful daughter, my scruffy (oh so cute) terrier mix James, my stunning kitty Meika, and my handsome, purr-monster, Olaf. In my spare time I can typically be found entertaining my children, cuddling with my kitties, walking my pup, spending time with my family and friends, gardening, or doing anything outdoors.