BY DENISE SOBH
Some say you can’t go home again. Well, don’t tell that to former Island resident and 2008 Grosse Ile High School graduate Tyler Ryan, a veterinarian, who has returned to join the Island Animal Clinic veterinary practice.
“I decided to come back Downriver because it gives me a chance to give back to the local community,” Ryan said. “I believe veterinarians play a pivotal role in protecting not only family pets, but the local ecosystem and public health as a whole. Over three quarters of emerging infectious diseases are zoonotic, meaning they are transferred from animals to humans.”
Being a veterinarian allows him to be on the front line in monitoring for emergence of new diseases.
“A perfect example of this taking place right now is the emergence of Lyme Disease in southeast Michigan. As a veterinarian I have the ability to educate pet owners on ways in which they can protect their pets from ticks and Lyme Disease as well as precautions they can take to protect themselves from ticks and Lyme Disease.”
Ryan first got involved with animals by growing up on a horse farm, and since his mother is also a veterinarian he has been closely involved with animals for many years.
“I have always had a passion for helping animals and a dream of becoming a veterinarian,” he said. “Once at the university I learned I also had a passion for medicine. Veterinary school was always my ultimate goal and seemed to be a great fit. Joining the Island Animal Clinic was an easy choice and it would allow me to help the community I grew up in as well as work with the Grosse Ile Animal Shelter which does great things for the local community.
“Upon entering veterinary school, I was in awe at the breadth of my education and the opportunities it opens. Roughly one quarter of my graduating class will be entering public practice working for the government to help protect public health and preventing emerging diseases.”
Ryan said the best part of being a veterinarian is that his job allows him to put his education to use every day. The worst part so far is the task of having to humanely euthanize animals. Although it is part of the profession to ease the animals’ pain and suffering, it is never easy to do so.
The Island Animal Clinic has been in business for over 30 years. Dr. Helena Woodward started the clinic in 1982, along with her special interest in equine medicine and companion animals. The clinic takes a special interest in being part of the team and contributing what they can toward the human and animal bond. They have clients from Mexico, Florida, South Carolina, Brighton, Fowlerville, and elsewhere.
“At the Island Animal Clinic we provide veterinary care for companion animals, large and small. We provide a very personal service and are committed to perform the very best medicine, as well as staying up to date with current medical technologies and therapies,” said Ryan.
“Being a family-oriented practice, we are thrilled to welcome Dr. Ryan to our team and expect big things from him,” said Nancy Clemons, office manager of the Island Animal Clinic.
Ryan holds a bachelor degree in zoology, master’s degree in Pharmacology and Toxicology and a doctorate of veterinary medicine from Michigan State University.
When he is not working at the Island Animal Clinic, Ryan likes to spend time with his wife, Kate, and their dog, Reggie. He is also an avid fisherman and waterfowl hunter.