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Shelly Olin

hiking in Banff National Park in Canada

Olin hiking in Banff National Park in Canada.

Shelly Olin is a clinical assistant professor and internal medicine specialist for small animals in the College of Veterinary Medicine.

She earned her undergraduate degree from Furman University and went on to receive her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Georgia, where she also completed her internship. She came to UT to do her residency in 2011 and fell in love with the academic atmosphere. After completing her residency, she stayed at UT and joined the faculty in 2014.

“UT has such a supportive atmosphere. I have grown a lot, and I am very thankful for everything I’ve learned here,” she said.

Olin works primarily with dogs and cats in the small animal hospital. She supervises a team of residents, rotating interns, and students who see and treat a variety of cases. Olin is constantly teaching her students about the cases they see in the clinic. She also does some classroom teaching for second-year veterinary students.

“I love teaching and watching students grow and improve,” Olin said. “Getting to see that aha moment is very fulfilling.”

Why this field?

Olin feels she was born to be a veterinarian. As she grew up, she developed a deep love for and connection with animals. She also wanted to do something that helped people.

“I love being able to figure out what’s wrong with animals and help preserve the bond that people have with their pets.”

Outside interests

When Olin isn’t in the small animal clinic, you might find her tending to her garden or caring for her appropriately named chickens: Marsala, Parmie, and Florentina.

She loves to do anything outdoors, particularly collecting shark teeth along Edisto Beach in South Carolina or hiking in the Great Smoky Mountains.

Still on the bucket list

Horseback riding in Yellowstone National Park.

If she didn’t do this . . .

Even if she didn’t specialize in veterinary medicine, she’d still like to be a teacher.

What’s your favorite spot on the UT campus?

UT Gardens. “They are so peaceful and beautiful and well maintained,” she said. “I love how it changes with the seasons.”