By the time Roberta (Berta) Peterson finished high school, she knew where her career path was headed. Though she had her sight set on UC Davis, she learned through a college fair that Cal Poly Pomona was not only a half hour away, but was ranked as one of top vet school’s acceptances. Berta stayed in Southern California another 5 years, graduating with a BS in zoology in 1989. At the suggestion of her counselor, she continued her education at UC Davis, obtaining her DVM in 1993. Private practice kept her busy for 10 years before she looked into shelter medicine.
It was at the Doggy Derby in Auburn where she met Joy in 2005. In those days, FieldHaven was known as a “rescue center” and operated out of a trailer where the current facility is built. Berta took a break but returned as the spay/neuter surgeon in 2018.
When she is not busy saving lives and/or preventing population explosions, Berta loves to spend time with her other interests in holistic medicine, such as acupuncture, herbs, essential oils, and laser.
Her current critters include one barn cat, one dog, one horse, two goats, and five chickens.
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