Dr. Samantha Globerman grew up in Watchung, New Jersey, riding horses, playing volleyball, and skiing on a freestyle mogul team. As a child, she had a cockatiel, a bunny, and many fish.  She also read about animals voraciously. “I read all these dog books and knew all the dog breeds by heart,” she says. At age five, she had already determined that she wanted to be a veterinarian, and that dream became a reality as she graduated from University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine in May, 2019.

Dr. Globerman earned her undergraduate degree from Rutgers University in New Brunswick where she was president of the Veterinary Science Club.  There, she helped train and raise seeing eye puppies for The Seeing Eye in Morristown, New Jersey, one of the oldest guide dog schools in the U.S. She graduated with honors from Rutgers and was part of an elite group of veterinary students admitted to the University of Pennsylvania based on her recommendation letters and application alone.

At Penn, she was part of the Animal Behavior Club and led “Canine Good Citizen” classes for the public, educating owners about animal behavior, basic training, and responsible pet ownership. She also spent summers working with Hansell Stedman, M.D., at the Perelman School of Medicine, assisting with research relating to gene therapy for muscular dystrophy, a condition in which an understanding of golden retriever muscular dystrophy (GRMD) plays a key role in treatment development for humans. “This lab experience gave me a different perspective and allowed me to explore comparative anatomy,” she notes.

While the science of veterinary medicine is integral to her interests, Dr. Globerman’s philosophy of care is central to who she is as a person. ”My goal is to help animals, not just during illness, but through preventative medicine as well,” she says. “I want to see owners’ happiness through their healthy companions and strengthen the human-animal bond. I look forward to having owners come to me with their pets in order to help them live long, healthy lives.”

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