Joseph Ianniello, DVM
“I'm currently working as one of the veterinary partners for Bond Vet urgent care clinics in the DC / Maryland / Virginia area. I've been in the field of veterinary medicine for about 15-years. I started off as a veterinary nurse throughout NYC in both small animal emergency hospitals and general practices, before ultimately making the decision to further my career as a veterinarian.
"While in veterinary school, I was introduced to the field of public / corporate medicine by Dr. Valerie Ragan who exposed me to all the interesting opportunities that are out there for DVM's. During my clinical year, I had the opportunity to perform externships for the USDA, USAMRIID, NAFV, HHS-ASPR, New Jersey Department of Agriculture, Virginia Department of Health, National Disaster Medical System, Homeland Security, and even got to travel to Ghana to work with the Ghaniain Ministry of Food and Agriculture - some would say by the end of vet school I became the expert intern.
"I was part of the "lucky year" to graduate at the start of COVID, and as such, I took the first job offered to me at Banfield Pet Hospital. During this time I rapidly developed and expanded my small animal clinical skills in diagnostics but most importantly in surgery. By the end of my time at Banfield, I was responsible for the surgical division of 5 hospitals throughout Northern Virginia. At Bond Vet, I'm currently one of the lead surgeons and plan on expanding up the corporate ladder towards a position in charge of policy development.
"What interested me the most about public / corporate medicine was the ability to see first-hand just how powerful of an impact we can make as veterinarians. We have the ability to further strengthen the human-animal bond as we are essentially the bridge between the two realms. I eventually plan on reentering the governmental field in some aspect of policy writing and development, but until then I can offer this advice: no matter what your first job is, always remain part of the veterinary community that fights for changes in our field. We can only drive this field as far as we are willing to put in work towards."