I am the founder and owner of Family Veterinary Mobile Clinic.
There was a bit of a twisted path to my starting FVM. Because of my love for functional design, I pursued architecture until my first year of college. Then I realized while I love design, drafting did not excite me at all. So I quit school because I didn’t see a point in taking classes without a clear goal. All I knew is that I wanted to do something with plants or something with animals. Yeah, I know, not very specific. Life has a way of clarifying things….
Then my first iguana, Lee-Zard, got sick. Like, REALLY sick, as in emergency surgery or death sick. I had a heck of a time finding an exotics animal veterinarian who could do the surgery she needed. And the one I did find was horrible. First, she told me that she “didn’t cut lizards.” OK, no pet owner wants to envision someone CUTTING their family member. Surgery is scary enough! Then she told me it would be better to let her die and just get a new iguana. WTF. Seriously. A person who had sworn to alleviate animal suffering just told me to let my iguana continue to suffer and die.
Well, that made me REALLY mad. Mad enough to decide right then and there to be an exotics animal veterinarian and help owners of weird pets take great care of them. Oh, Lee-Zard had surgery with a different vet and lived for several years, so happy ending there!
I got a job as a veterinary assistant and started night school to get my prerequisites for veterinary school. I was definitely hooked on veterinary medicine. After what seemed like forever, I finally graduated NC State College of Veterinary Medicine in 2008 with a concentration in Zoological medicine.
My first associate position was with Animal Hospital of Fayetteville, a high-volume, low-cost clinic that challenged me to hone my skills- FAST! Then I started Family Veterinary Hospital in Sanford. But that didn’t give me the relationships I wanted. In order to make ends meet, I was working 70+ hours per week as a veterinarian, and bringing home all my management work. Instead of joy and freedom, I was miserable and enslaved to the business. Not seeing any other way out, I closed down the hospital.
I was frustrated with the veterinary industry at that point. So many other veterinary practice owners and associates reached out to me with tales of the same woe. There had to be a better way.
I decided to prove that veterinary medicine can be a fun, fulfilling, and financially rewarding profession with a great work-life balance. So I started Family Veterinary Mobile Clinic for that purpose, and am working on replicating it so that other veterinarians and technicians experience the same joy I do.
I live in downtown Sanford with my husband, Dave, and 2 huskies. Favorite activities are grilling and chilling, hiking, hanging out with friends, gardening, and anything on, in, around, or under water. You can usually find me, my husband Dave, and one or both huskies at Kiwanis Park, Endor Trail, White Pines Nature Preserve, San-Lee Park, Local Joes, Hugger Mugger, The Beer Den, Camelback, or Wild Dogs.
- Been in the veterinary field since 1997
- Elite Level Fear Free Certified
- Member of the American Veterinary Society for Animal Behavior
- Member of the International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management
Chelsea Seguine ,RVT
I’ve had a passion for animals and knew I wanted to work with them since I was 4 years old. I have worked in veterinary medicine since high school. After working at PetSmart, I’ve been a veterinary assistant/technician for about 18 years. I moved to NC from NJ in 2010 to pursue my career and goal of tech school. I graduated from Gaston College Vet Med program in 2013 and have been a registered vet tech since 2014. I have a dog named Bear and we enjoy hiking & camping. I enjoy volunteering for a church organization and visiting NC State Parks.
Chelsea has been with Family Veterinary Mobile Clinic since the very beginning. She is now our Practice Manager.
- Been working in the veterinary field since 2001
- Registered Veterinary Technician since 2014
- Elite Level Fear Free Certified
Ms. Angel, Client Services Representative
I have been around animals as far back as I can remember, from cats and dogs, to rabbits and hogs. With that being said, one can tell I am fond of pets. My 35 years of customer service consists of banking, patient service representative, financial assistant, and former head receptionist at Small Animal Emergency Services. I enjoy Bible study, spending time with family, and walking.
Ms. Angel is joined our Family in 2021. She is our Customer Service Representative. She’s the one who is going to hook you up with our care!
- Been in customer service for over 35 years
- Experienced in veterinary triage
- Fear Free Certified Level 1
Jael Crawford, Behaviorist & Trainer
Michelle Crawford better known as Jael is an animal enthusiast and outdoor adventurer specializing in animal behavior modification. From a very young age it was very clear she would have a career that was centered around the wellbeing of people and their pets. By the time she was in high school her focus was more clear and her passion for veterinary science was at an all time high. After completing the Veterinary Science program at Chesterfield Technical Center in Richmond, Va she enrolled into a local college to begin chipping away at her goal to become a veterinarian.
A year into beginning her pre-veterinary courses she met her now-husband and started a family. This is where the goal shifted from the veterinary medicine side of thing to understanding animal psychology after having to rehome their family dog due to behavior issues. Helping families stay together by providing education, positive reinforcement, and a deeper understanding of what each individual pet and family member needs has been the mission ever since.
She has dedicated 8+ years as a certified pet trainer to preserving families by ways of teaching positive reinforcement methods, behavior modification, and obedience to create less stressed, happy, and well-behaved pets with happy owners.
Jael joined our family in 2022!
- Animal Behavior College Certified Dog Trainer and Mentor
- Fear Free Certified Trainer
- National Academy of Sports Medicine Certified Personal Trainer