I’m Erin Masur. I grew up in Toms River, attended Ocean County College where I earned an AS (Associate of Science) degree, then Rutgers University where I earned a Bachelor’s degree in Animal Sciences, tracked Pre-Veterinary Medicine and minored in Clinical Nutrition (for humans!). While in college I waited tables and tended bar to pay my bills. I even had a job running 4 foot tall chocolate fountains at swanky events in NYC! I had several jobs at any given time. Anything to bring home the kibbles for my best bud, Abbey, a black Labrador mystery mix.
I attended veterinary school at Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine, located in the unequivocally gorgeous island of St. Kitts & Nevis – part of the West Indies chain. This beautiful, wild country completely stole my heart and not a day goes by where I don’t think longingly of my home there. I fulfilled my final clinical year at Purdue University in Indiana. That’s right… I spent three years in the Caribbean before moving to Indiana… in JANUARY. My little island dog who came from the depths of the sugar cane fields was not thrilled. I graduated veterinary school and passed the national boards January 2017.
My husband and I were married December 2016 (right before I graduated – why did I do that to myself?) and prepared to settle in Indiana. I took my dream job at Monon Veterinary Clinic working for an incredible and exemplary veterinarian, Dr. Sam Shields. I saw everything – cows, sheep, goats, horses, dogs, cats, pigs. We have a green book full of absolutely ludicrous things that we saw together that year. They say that as a veterinarian, your first boss determines the rest of your career. If that’s true, than no one is as lucky as I was.
With the news that we were expecting a baby boy, my husband and I relocated back to our old home in Beachwood, NJ. We brought with us a cat that the local animal control officer from Indiana had found in a ditch. I took a job at a small animal hospital caring for dogs, cats, and every so often a chicken or a duck. Our son, Cyrus Jon Masur, was born in May of 2018.
In November, I registered Hoof & Hound and launched my mobile veterinary practice. My heart has ached for too long, missing being on the road, missing performing procedures on my hands and knees in the straw on a barn floor, missing the slimy noses of cows and the bleating of sheep.