Dr. Talkington was born and raised in the central valley of California. She knew at a very young age that she wanted to work with animals and remembers going to every veterinary appointment with her family’s pets being amazed and fascinated by the veterinary field. She has always wanted to live close to both the ocean and forests so it wasn’t surprising she chose to call Santa Cruz home. She has a special interest in geriatric, preventative and internal medicine. Dr. Talkington attended California Polytechnic San Luis Obispo and graduated in 1997 with a degree in Biological Sciences. She then attended St. George’s University of Veterinary Medicine in Grenada, West Indies where she graduated with a doctorate in veterinary medicine in 2006. After this, she then attended the University of London to attain a Masters degree in Veterinary Epidemiology and Wildlife Conservation. Dr. Talkington has traveled extensively while volunteering her time at many animal rescue organizations and has a love for mentoring new veterinarians and students in Africa, Asia and the Caribbean. She has worked with a variety of species including chimpanzees, elephants and leopards. Although she loves the adventure, she enjoys working with domestic dogs and cats just as much. She has also volunteered her time as lead triage and treatment facilitator during the last three large California disaster wildfires as well as with the local animal shelter. When not working, she enjoys hiking in the redwoods, swimming, walking the local beaches, reading and spending time with her family and 19 year-old sassy kitty named Schneider.