Dr. Chelsea Van Thof was born and raised in Newton, New Hampshire. She spent her adolescence as a member of 4-H for rabbits and guinea pigs, volunteering at her local SPCA, and riding horses.

She graduated from the University of Massachusetts- Amherst in 2013 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology, where she became certified in artificial insemination of cattle and served as an officer for the university’s flock of sheep. She then attended the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University, where she worked at the wildlife clinic and as a surgery tech. She was also lucky enough to receive research grants that helped her travel to parts of Europe, Asia, and Africa. In pursuit of her dream to become a wildlife veterinarian, Dr. Van Thof has worked with turtles, birds of prey, apes, elephants, lions, giraffes, rhinos, and bighorn sheep, among other creatures.

She discovered her love for Oregon when she came here for a preceptorship in her final year of vet school. Shortly after graduating, she and her partner, Peter, decided to make Brookings their new home. Today, they are enjoying the coast with their three rabbits, Scooter, Shucks, and Chou, and geriatric miniature poodle, Annie.

When time allows, Dr. Van Thof enjoys singing, catching a sunset, hiking, watersports, and reading.