Dr. Julia Larson has enjoyed being an Associate Veterinarian at Woodland Veterinary Hospital full and part time since 2004. Dr. Larson grew up in rural Palmer, Alaska on a small farm and moved to California to attend veterinary school. She has lived in Woodland since 2001. Dr. Larsons love of animals started at a very young age with a multitude of farm animals that included horses, goats, rabbits, chickens, geese, ducks, dogs, cats and tropical fish. Horses were her first true love and continue to be a passion. Needless to say with all these pets, the local veterinarians were out at the farm fairly often and were close family friends as well. Dr. Larson admired their James Harriet-like lifestyle and spent time volunteering at their clinic when she was in high school. They both encouraged her to seek a career in veterinary medicine. Dr. Larson attended undergraduate school at Colorado State University, in Fort Collins for two years. She then moved to Western Washington University in Bellingham, Washington to finish her undergraduate studies with a Bachelors Degree in Biology. Dr. Larson was then accepted to UC Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine and graduated in 1999. She is a member of the Sacramento Valley Veterinary Medical Association, the California Veterinary Medical Association, and the American Veterinary Medical Association. As a small animal general practitioner, Dr. Larson is passionate about soft tissue surgery and enjoys nothing more than a long day in the operating room. She also has a knack for dental extractions and loves the feeling of knowing that she is helping improve a pets health by treating infection in the mouth by removing teeth that are causing discomfort and affecting a pets quality of life. Another area Dr. Larson feels strongly about is proper weight management for our pets. A fit weight can add years to a pets life and improve their overall health the same way that it can in people. Dr. Larson is married to Rich Larson. They moved to Woodland after they both graduated from UC Davis. Rich works as a supervisor of the Imaging Department at the VMTH, UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. Rich enjoys hunting with their German Shorthair Pointer, Janey, and he is also an avid golfer. When Dr. Larson is not working at Woodland Veterinary Hospital, she is often working as a human massage therapist. She became a Certified Massage Therapist in 2010. She enjoys helping move people out of pain, manage their physical and emotional stress and improve their overall quality of life. Dr. Larsons background as a veterinarian has given her a good base for anatomy and physiology and allowed her a unique perspective in health management of both people and their animal companions. Dr. Larson is a member of the Woodland Sunrise Rotary Club and this is, indeed, one of her passions in life. Service Above Self is Rotary Internationals motto and this is truly a way of life. There is no greater feeling than the one we get through serving others! Dr. Larson was president of the club during the 2011-2012 year and was proud to have the club charter hang in the doctors office here at WVH during that time. The club is very active both in our community and on an international level and we are proud to have three of our doctors at WVH in the club to share in our community service efforts toward a better humanity! Two of Dr. Larsons biggest passions in life are forever linked running and baking! You cant do one without the other. Janey is a great running partner and Rich or Dr. Larson run with her almost every day of the week. She is a great motivator for getting out of bed early to hit the road and start the day off on the right foot. One of Dr. Larsons life goals as a runner was to compete in the Boston Marathon, which she did in 2001. Though she no longer competes, running is still her favorite form of exercise. Baking is a joy that has become an outlet for Dr. Larsons creativity and a stress reliever after a long day. She frequently brings in treats for the staff and enjoys sharing some of her creations as well as taking requests for special occasions. Though Dr. Larson is not the golfer her husband is, she does enjoy playing a nice round from time to time and maybe someday will be a bit more consistent. She and Rich also enjoy kayaking and traveling. With the fast pace so many of us lead, it is important to take time to relax, visit new places and spend time with family and friends. Her career at Woodland Veterinary Hospital has been a vital part of her growth as a person and a doctor over the past several years. Dr. Larson is proud to be a part of this team and strives to give back as much as she gets from working with the wonderful people at our hospital.