A Q&A with Dr. Castillo
Dr. Alyssa Castillo grew up in San Antonio, Texas. Her passion for working with horses led her to pursue a Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science with a Certificate in Equine Science at Texas A&M University. After completing her undergraduate degree in 2017, Dr. Castillo took a gap year and worked as an Equestrian Director, teaching people of all ages how to ride English and Western. She then went on to earn her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Ross University in 2022, completing her clinical year at Texas A&M University’s College of Veterinary Medicine.
Following graduation, she pursued an internship at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital in Saratoga Springs, NY. Her love for equine reproductive medicine developed during her undergraduate research projects, and she enjoys both reproductive medicine and general medicine in her practice. Dr. Castillo also has a keen interest in equine general anesthesia and finds fulfillment in client education.
Tell us about your first memories working/ riding horses? I would go trail riding out in the mountains every summer with my family. I absolutely loved getting to see the area from a different point of view.
What Discipline do you primarily ride? Hunter/Jumper
When did you first think about becoming an Equine Veterinarian? I always wanted to become a vet, but it wasn’t until I started majoring in Animal Science at Texas A&M University that I realized I wanted to become an equine veterinarian.
What is the best thing about being an equine veterinarian? Being able to care for those who can’t care for themselves.
What is the most challenging thing about being an equine veterinarian? The summer heat!
Best advice you have received from others in your industry? You are a person first before being an equine veterinarian; remember to care for yourself and fill your cup before you can fill others.
Advice you would give to anyone considering becoming an equine veterinarian? You should absolutely do it! The equine industry is changing for the better every day to make sure equine vets are well cared for.
What keeps you motivated? Knowing that I am able to provide care that most can’t give to their horses and to be able to keep them happy and healthy and, in turn, keep their owners happy.
What do you look forward to in your down time? Exploring the area. My husband and I love hiking, as well as going to concerts.
Favorite Quote: “Have no fear of perfection - you’ll never reach it.” Salvador Dali