Dr. Suzanne Scherping
When Dr. Suzanne Scherping’s childhood dog, Casey, developed severe swelling around her left eye, young Dr. Scherping was terrified that she was about to lose her best friend. After visiting a specialist, it was discovered that Casey required surgery; the very next day, Casey was finished with the procedure and completely back to normal! The experience made a permanent impression on Dr. Scherping—she wanted to become a veterinarian ever since.
Dr. Scherping grew up in a small town west of Washington, D.C., and her journey in animal care began before she was even a teenager; she walked neighbors’ dogs and cleaned stalls at a local horse stable. During high school, she began working at a pet store and volunteering at a therapeutic horseback riding center, experiences that helped Dr. Scherping land a position in a local veterinary hospital while she started on her Bachelor’s degree in biology.
After transferring to the University of Vermont to finish her undergraduate studies in the school’s excellent animal science program—volunteering for local wildlife and Humane Society shelters, training horses, and serving as a teaching and research assistant during her studies—Dr. Scherping completed a summer internship at a wildlife rehabilitation center in Maryland. She took a year off after graduating with her Bachelor’s degree, working as a Surgical Technician for the Washington, D.C. Humane Society, before gaining acceptance to Tufts University’s veterinary program to earn her Doctorate and become a licensed veterinarian in 2011.
Dr. Scherping worked as an emergency veterinarian in the Pacific Northwest after graduation, then decided to return to the East Coast to be closer to family and launch her career in private practice. That’s when she joined the Glen Burnie Animal Hospital team as an Associate Veterinarian! Dr. Scherping has special interests in dentistry, the unique challenges of exotic pet care, behavioral medicine, and geriatric care. Most of all, she loves knowing that she’s able to make a lasting difference in the lives of the community’s families.
When time permits away from the office, Dr. Scherping enjoys staying active outdoors by kayaking, rock climbing, hiking, and birdwatching; she even volunteers her time to help build and maintain hiking trails in a nearby wildlife preserve. She also likes reading, playing video games, practicing origami, and sketching. Dr. Scherping shares her home with two cats—Barnaby, who is shy yet very affectionate, and Meter, who is all too aware of how handsome he is—as well as an adventurous Husky/Cattle Dog mix named Faolan and a gecko, Tehanu, who spends most of her time relaxing on her favorite driftwood log.