Dr. Deborah Bigsby
Dr. Bigsby grew up in the rolling hills of upstate New York, where she developed an appreciation for the outdoors and a love of animals. She received her bachelor of science from Cornell University. After a brief stint in corporate America and a relocation to North Carolina, she pursued her passion and earned her veterinary degree from North Carolina State University in 1999. Dr. Bigsby has worked in a broad range of small animal practices, both general practice and emergency medicine, in North Carolina and Pennsylvania.
With such a breadth of clinical experience, Dr. Bigsby has seen a range of euthanasia experiences. In fact, there was a time when euthanasia was her most dreaded of duties. It was the experience with her beloved dog, Daisy, that opened her eyes to the respect and peace that can be accomplished, if it is done in the home environment, surrounded by loved ones. Daisy was her first dog and the spark that led her to pursue becoming a veterinarian. At the end of her long (17 years!) life, it was very traumatic saying goodbye. As she held Daisy in her arms on their back deck for her last moments, surrounded by Daisy’s favorite people and things, it brought her overwhelming peace. She hopes to help other families achieve this same comfort at the end of their pets’ lives.
Dr. Bigsby lives in Raleigh with her daughter, son and husband. The other ten members of the family include two Australian shepherds, Huey and Heidi, two cats, Figaro and Tigger, and six chickens. In her spare time she loves trail running, yoga, reading, gardening and hanging out with her family.