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Dr. Ginger Benham


Staff Veterinarian - D.V.M.
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Dr. Benham graduated from the Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2005. She went on to complete a year-long internship outside of Boston, Massachusetts with the MSPCA – Angell Animal Medical Center, a national and international leader in animal protection and veterinary medicine. She became well versed in emergency and critical care medicine among other skills. After completing her internship, she moved to the Washington DC area and went on to practice for 5 years at an award-winning small-animal hospital in Arlington, Virginia.

Feeling it was time for a change of pace and scenery, Dr. Benham began looking for a city that offered a great quality of life, and a hospital where she could practice the high standard of veterinary medicine that she insists upon. She chose St. Petersburg, and Northeast Animal Hospital, to put down new roots and continue her personal and professional growth. She has been with us since 2011 and truly feels St. Petersburg is home.

Dr. Benham's special area of medical interest is veterinary dentistry. She has extensive additional training in this field and sees it as a personal mission to help eliminate dental pain and pathology in her patients. She also enjoys internal medicine, and cardiology. She has been a member of a number of local and national veterinary organizations. Prior to veterinary school, Dr. Benham received a Bachelor of Science in Zoology from Miami University (Ohio) in 2001.

When she's not working, you can find her on a jet-ski, or at home with her husband Lucas and their beloved pets—their dog Kenzie and their cat Pirate Booty.

Video: "Dr. Ginger Benham" (1:19)

Video Transcript »

I’ve always wanted to be a veterinarian. When I was little, I had a very romanticized notion of what that was. But the more I learned about it, the more I realized that this really was a field that spoke to me—that I got to combine my favorite subjects of math and science with my love of logic and problem-solving, and my passion for animals, all in one.

I get to use my knowledge to fit the pieces of a puzzle together, to help an animal that can’t help themselves—that can’t speak for themselves and tell us what’s wrong.

And there are very few things, for me as a veterinarian, that are as rewarding as talking to an owner after we’ve done extensive dental work and hearing, "Oh my gosh, he hasn’t felt like this for years! He’s acting like a puppy again!" Or, “She hasn’t played with her toys in I don’t know how long! And now she’s playing with her toys and playing with the other animals.”

And to hear that is just so rewarding, to know that we’ve relieved that pain and given them back that quality of life. That’s the kind of thing that makes me really excited to get out of bed and come to work every morning!

 

Meet our other veterinarians: Dr. Mark ScribanoDr. Rachel Klemawesch, and Dr. Melissa Feldman