In a busy veterinary emergency hospital setting, you’re likely not focused on learning the names and stories of our incredible team—you have more important things to worry about. But, amid all the uncertainty and hubbub, you may wonder who is caring for your pet. You might want to know how our veterinarians chose this career path, where they’re from, and how many pets they have at home. Take a minute now to learn more about Dr. Neha Sharma, one of our wonderful veterinarians. We consider ourselves a family here at Urgent Pet Care Omaha, and we’d like to share more about our tight-knit group with our extended family—you and your pet—so we asked Dr. Sharma to share more about herself.
Question: Where are you originally from?
Answer: I’m originally from Queens, New York, and I still have family there.
Q: How and when did you decide you wanted to be a veterinarian?
A: When I was 10 years old, my pet parakeet injured their leg and was unable to walk. Until we were able to take him to an avian veterinarian, I did everything in my power to make him comfortable, including fashioning a homemade splint out of a toothpick and tape. From that day, I knew I wanted to be part of the solution to help heal our pets, who cannot always tell us where it hurts.
Q: How did you come to join Urgent Pet Care Omaha?
A: Although I grew up in New York, I moved to the Midwest to attend veterinary school. This region has become my home, and my family and I have decided to stay here. I learned about Urgent Pet Care through a recommendation by a fellow University of Missouri graduate, and the rest is history.
Q: What’s your favorite part about being a veterinarian?
A: I love emergency medicine, surgery, and animal behavior. In addition to caring for pets, I enjoy building connections with pet owners and working to foster the human-animal bond.
Q: Tell us about your pets.
A: While attending veterinary school, I adopted my heart dog, Marvin. My sweet Boston terrier mix came from the humane society and helped me through veterinary school. He’s been the best snuggler and hiking buddy I could ask for.
Q: Tell us about your human family members.
A: Here in Nebraska, my human family consists of my best friend and now husband, Neeraj. We were married in the midst of the pandemic. My parents and parents-in-law are my biggest supporters, and we keep in touch daily since they live back in New York
Q: What’s something about you that might surprise others?
A: I spent some time helping rescue and rehabilitate stranded seals and sea turtles off the shores of Long Island. Holding a seal for a blood draw is no easy task.
Q: What’s your favorite food?
A: I run on coffee, pizza, and Indian cuisine.
Q: What’s your favorite hobby?
A: I enjoy spending time outdoors, especially hiking, kayaking, or skiing. But I’ll also curl up with a good book, or spend hours scrolling through adoptable shelter animals.
Q: Do you prefer city life or wide open spaces?
A: I like a balance of both.
Q: Would you choose the mountains or ocean?
A: I’d definitely go for the mountains.
Q: Would you prefer a spa weekend or a camping weekend?
A: I’d rather have a camping weekend, hands-down.
Q: Tell us a few things on your bucket list, or something you’d like to accomplish in the next five years.
A: After graduating from veterinary school, I’ve learned that the medicine you practice in school versus what happens in the field is different. So, I hope to build on my current knowledge, expand my scope, and better myself as a veterinarian to provide the best care for my patients. Outside veterinary medicine, I’d love to pursue my passions of traveling and trying new foods.
Q: Do you have any unexpected talents?
A: I’m fluent in four different languages.
When your four-legged friend visits Urgent Pet Care Omaha for emergency care, rest assured they’re in good hands with Dr. Sharma and our team. Nobody is more dedicated to using their skills and knowledge to help care for our community’s pets, and we’re delighted to have her on our team for all your pet’s urgent care needs—call us for help.