Dr. Amanda Holaday
Dr. Holaday has spent most of her life preparing for her dream job of being a veterinarian. As a child, she grew up on a rural Kentucky farm among horses, donkeys, cattle, cats and, of course dogs.
“Most memorable would be Abigail, our Yellow Labrador, Charlotte, our American Eskimo, and Dutchess, our German Shepherd,” says Dr. Holaday.”Taylor, our Beagle, is a senior citizen now but she stills lives with mom and dad, as do our two donkeys, Emmett and Cocoa.”
“On the farm, I learned early the value of family, friendships and the importance of helping others. I dreamed of practicing veterinary medicine in a way that my clients would see the amount of heart and soul I have and how much I care.”
In high school, agriculture was one of her favorite subjects, along with math and history, and she was a member of Future Farmers of America. Her first job? A veterinary technician, of course. In 2013, she earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Auburn University.
“After graduating from Auburn, my top priority was to find a clinic that shared my core values. Richmond Road Veterinary Clinic has become my home. We all genuinely care about our clients’ pets. I want to be the one they lean on. This is not just a job where I punch in and punch out. This is my home, and our clients and their pets are part of that too.”
Today Dr. Holaday is married to Gus DeToma, the younger brother of one of her best friends. They share their home with Maggie, a Yorkie-Beagle mix, and Reba, a Pit Bull-Boxer mix.
“A quote I always try to remember is this one by the poet Maya Angelou,” says Dr. Holaday: ‘People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”