Sue graduated from Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine in Ithaca, NY, in 1980. After three years in private practice, she joined the U.S. Army Veterinary Corps. While on active duty, she completed a 3 year residency in small animal surgery and became board certified by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons.
Sue retired from the Army as a Lieutenant Colonel in 2004. After working for a year on a horse farm in Idaho, she returned to Ithaca to join the staff at Colonial Veterinary Hospital as their second surgeon. She retired from Colonial in December 2009. The following month, Sue started working for Shelter Outreach Services, a high quality, high volume, low cost spay-neuter organization.
Around this time, Sue developed her interest in canine sports medicine. She worked with her colleague, a physical therapist and licensed veterinary technician, at the Animal Performance and Therapy Center in Genoa, NY, doing sports medicine and lameness evaluations.
Sue got into the sport of obedience with her first beagle, Tristan, in 1975. Tristan earned a CDX. Her next beagle, Devon, earned an AKC UD. Her third beagle, Charm (CH Wilkeep Third Time’s a Charm, UD, RE, MX, MXJ, TD) introduced Sue to other performance events.
Sue currently has 2 beagles. Ivy (CH MACH Wilkeep Ivy League, CDX, RN, TD) is 12 years old and retired. Quinn (CH Lightfall and Stonemeadow Play the Game, NA, NAJ) is 4 years old and is being trained for obedience competition.