Jennifer A. Sutton, DVM, initially decided that she wanted to focus on veterinary medicine as an undergraduate at Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi. In the years since, her career has expanded exponentially to engulf a variety of wellness endeavors that relate not only to animals, but to her community at large. After receiving a Bachelor of Science in biology at the aforementioned school in 1992, she continued her studies with a DVM from the Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine in 1998. In 2019, she obtained a Master of Business Administration from Louisiana State University.
While she practices as a partner and a veterinarian at Gulf Coast Veterinary Emergency Hospital and Beach View Veterinary Hospital, LLC, Dr. Sutton considers her areas of expertise to include social justice, social service, search and rescue, emergency preparedness and community volunteerism. In addition to her veterinary practices, she serves as the interim executive director of the Court Appointed Special Advocate Program for Hancock County, in which she advocates for children in the foster care system in Hancock County, Mississippi. As a member of many organizations which strive to assist communities in emergency situations, including the Mississippi Animal Rescue Team, Volunteers in Preparedness Registry, the Mississippi Gulf Coast Medical Reserve Corps and the Mississippi Animal Assisted Crisis Response Team, Dr. Sutton is able to apply her knowledge of animals, as well as her own extensive experience in disaster and emergency management, including training as an emergency medical technician, casework with the American Red Cross and disaster search planning preparation for the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
Dr. Sutton has also covered a vast wealth of information in the lectures she delivers, including such presentations as “Emergency Medical Assessment and Care of Animals in Disasters,” “Top 5 Small Animal Emergencies Encountered in Disasters,” and “Versatility of Search and Rescue Dogs,” which she presented at the Mississippi Gulf Coast Trauma Symposium in 2017, among others. Her professional and civic endeavors have earned her many accolades, including being honored with the 2019 State of Mind Award from the National Society of Leadership and Success, as well as the Director’s Coin of Excellence from the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency, to name a few. Dr. Sutton continues to strive for success in all of her pursuits, crediting a deep love for giving back to others in need as constant inspiration. She plans to continue to grow her business to fill niches in the animal care industry that aren’t being met.