Clinical Behavior Resident
Behavior conditions in animals from rescues/shelters
Killian Michael – Domestic Short Hair
Sadie Marie – Lab Husky Mix
Dr. Ropski grew up in Erie, Pennsylvania and, from a young age, knew that working with animals would play a major role in her life. She was a zookeeper at the Erie Zoo and was a technician at the Northwest Pennsylvania Pet Emergency Center throughout college. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Gannon University where her parents both teach.
She graduated from The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine in May 2014 and completed an internship at Friendship Hospital for Animals in Washington D.C. the following year. She worked the following four years as a surgical associate with the Friendship Surgical Specialists. This position not only allowed her to perform emergency surgeries, but also to be involved in teaching each new intern class.
Dr. Ropski became interested in veterinary behavior after completing the Fear Free Certification Program and wanted to learn more about how to better care for our furry family members. While working to implement the Fear Free principles at Friendship, she began to realize that she could do so much more through a residency in veterinary behavior. She spent time shadowing with Dr. Pike for about a year before submitting the request to the College of Veterinary Behavior for a non-traditional residency (ie. one that is not completed at a veterinary school).
Volunteering has always been a staple in Dr. Ropski’s family and her time in the DMV has allowed that to continue. Dr. Ropski works closely with Lucky Dog Animal Rescue to help bring adoptable cats and dogs from South Carolina and Puerto Rico to the DMV. She has made multiple trips to Puerto Rico to evaluate animals and was the sole veterinarian on the flight in combination with Southwest Airlines in January 2018 that brought back 62 animals from and over 14,000 pounds of supplies to the island after the devastation of Hurricane Maria.
She lives with her husband Steve in Beltsville, MD and with their cat, Killian (a rescue from Ohio) and with their lab mix, Sadie (a rescue from D.C.). In her spare time, she enjoys all things Harry Potter, reading, and gardening.