A 2020 graduate of the Community College of Denver, Rocio — like her sister and fellow Harmony CVT Liz — was inspired to follow veterinary medicine as a young girl watching Dr. Fitzgerald and other shows on Animal Planet. “I was always drawn to being a voice and advocate for animals,” she says.
Rocio spent time at Orchard Veterinary Center as both an intern and vet assistant before joining the team at Harmony. There, a sick, 8-year-old Husky taught her the importance of not only providing animals great care, but also comforting their human who may be feeling lost if an outcome is not positive. “Owners are such a big part of an animal’s life. It’s important they get the comfort and education they need to best serve their pets.”
A native of Mexico, Rocio dreams of utilizing her cultural knowledge and bilingual skills to conduct outreach in the Hispanic community, encouraging Spanish-speaking animal owners to bring their pets in for veterinary care.
She explains, “As a DACA student, I’ve always worked hard to get where I am, including working full-time to get through school. I don’t take anything for granted.” Her appreciation extends to the ongoing education and encouragement she receives at Harmony every day in a supportive, team environment. “The doctors here are open to helping you learn every day. They challenge you to expand your knowledge base,” she explains.
“Sometimes my life feels surreal,” shares Rocio. “That I get to do what I love every day, that I made it here, that’s a gift. I’m inspired to keep learning and passing that knowledge along. I want to empower both myself and others to do better.”
Rocio shares a home with a mixed-breed rescue named Malia and a Shiba-inu Poodle, Nala. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, hiking, running and watching TedTalks. She eventually met Dr. Fitzgerald as a client after seeking care for three ferrets she rescued. “I appreciated his manner of client care, especially his transparency. It’s something I aspire to every day with my own clients,” says Rocio.