Bayside's new veterinarian has always loved science

Meet Dr. Meredith Taylor: Tiverton resident, Patriots fan, new doctor at Bayside Veterinary Care

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Dr. Meredith Taylor loves a challenge.

The new associate veterinarian at Bayside Veterinary Care on Waseca Avenue in Barrington said she enjoys her job, especially when she needs to work "outside the box" to help her clients and their pets. Sometimes that means looking deeper into an animal's case. Other times it means finding a medical solution that fits a client's finances.

"What I like is to get creative," said the 27-year-old native of Fall River, Mass. 

Dr. Taylor has been working at Bayside Veterinary Care since July, but she has known the practice's owner, Dr. Jen Trachtman, for much longer. In fact, the two first met when Dr. Taylor was not yet a doctor. 

"We met at Pet Partners," said Dr. Trachtman, referring to the non-profit animal welfare organization in Fall River. Dr. Trachtman added that she could tell then that Meredith would be a good veterinarian.

"I could just tell," said Dr. Trachtman.

School work: Dr. Taylor grew up in Fall River and received her undergraduate degree at Boston College. She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine, and worked in a rotating internship at Tufts before arriving at Bayside Veterinary Care.

Background: "I grew up loving science," said Dr. Taylor, whose father taught Advanced Placement Biology at Durfee High School. "I knew I wanted to do something with science."

Emergencies: Dr. Taylor said her time at Tufts was filled with emergency work. "I liked the emergency work," she said. At Bayside, more of her time is spent on routine procedures and well-visits, she said. 

Typical day: "Well, a typical day can vary," Dr. Taylor said. "It usually starts around 8… There are surgeries and appointments. It really depends on the day."

Co-workers: Dr. Taylor heaped praise onto the staff at Bayside Veterinary Care. "They are amazing — very well-trained," she said, adding that Bayside practices "fear-free medicine."

Tough decisions: Bayside's new associate veterinarian said one of the most challenging parts of the profession is dealing with animals as they near the ends of their lives. "Knowing when it's time to let go… it's a hard decision," she said. 

If she was not a veterinarian: "I don't know. I guess it would be something in science," said Dr. Taylor. "I wouldn't be a human doctor."

Free time: "In the summer I love to go to the beach," she said. "My favorite beach? It's a little beach called Crescent Beach. I grew up going there… I like to spend time with my family… I like to travel." Dr. Taylor added that she and her fiancé had planned a special trip to South Africa.

Pets: "I have a cat, Angus. He's two. And I have a dog, Gorton. He came with the name," she said.

Patriots fan: Dr. Taylor said she and her fiancé are fans of the New England Patriots. They had planned to have a Super Bowl party. "I make a pretty good buffalo chicken dip," she said. 

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