Name: Dr. Tomeshia Hubbard
Age: 40 years old
Occupation: Veterinarian (specialty in dermatology)
Theme Song: “I’m Every Woman” by Whitney Houston
How are you living your “Ideal Life”?
I am living my life to the fullest! I love my career and enjoy going to work on a daily basis. My passion is to help dogs and cats have a better quality of life by properly diagnosing and treating their skin conditions. I also gain joy from seeing pet owners experience the relief their pets acquire from the therapies I prescribe their pets.
I am also living my ideal life by being more health conscious these days. I recently discovered the euphoria of walking and running, to help me live a healthier life. I currently walk/run two days a week. I try to complete a total of 6 miles each week. My new exercise routine has helped me to lose over thirty pounds and to exude more energy on a daily basis. Being more active has also helped me to enjoy life from a totally different perspective.
Describe your journey
My journey has been exciting, rewarding and difficult all at the same time. The majority of my life has been dedicated to furthering my education. I knew that the more education I acquired, the more successful I would be in life. I completed veterinary school at Tuskegee University, one of the most historic university’s in the state of Alabama.
My education has been rewarding in that it has prepared me to become the best veterinarian that I can be. It has also allowed me to specialize in veterinary dermatology, which required an additional three years of residency training beyond veterinary school.
My education has also been difficult in that each level of schooling exuded a different level of difficulty. My study habits had to evolve as I progressed throughout my twelve years of advanced academic education.
Now that I have completed my schooling, my journey has been more focused on running a successful veterinary dermatology practice and helping to groom students that have a desire to become veterinarians. I currently offer externships and preceptorships at my veterinary practice to help students prepare for careers in veterinary medicine.
What is the most valuable lesson that you have learned”?
I think the most valuable lesson that I’ve learned is that every delay is not always a denial. Sometimes we do not accomplish the things we desire in the timing we have set for ourselves. But, that does not mean that we won’t ever accomplish those goals. It may happen six months to a year later, or it make take place five years later. However long it may take, we have to have faith in God and know that everything will happen in his perfect timing!
What challenges did you have to overcome?
I would have to say my biggest challenge was learning to stay focused regardless of what was going on around me. It is easy to get distracted, but I set goals and timelines for myself which kept me on task and focused.
What is my morning routine?
My morning routine includes:
- Making up my bed
- Normal morning hygiene duties (brush teeth, shower, etc)
- Get dressed and do my hair
- Eat breakfast and have coffee
- Check my email
- Drive to my office while listening to some gospel music
- Usually see my first patient at 10am
What motivates you?
There are several things that motivate me on a daily basis.
- My desire to be successful
- My family
- My love for animals and the field of veterinary medicine
What would you share with those aspiring to create and live their “Ideal Life”?
Everyone’s idea of the “Ideal Life” will be different. However, I would have to say the key to my “Ideal Life” is being true to myself and doing what I love on an everyday basis. I have a passion, desire and true love for veterinary dermatology. I live to help animals who are suffering due to severe skin diseases. I invest a lot of time and thought into coming up with treatment plans to help relieve these pet’s discomfort and stress.
What’s next for me?
I have a desire to become a professor of veterinary dermatology at a university. Teaching veterinary dermatology will allow me to help a large number of students acquire their dream of becoming veterinarians.
How can I be reached?
You can reach me at my practice: Alabama Veterinary Allergy and Dermatology Service
Phone number: 205-218-2707