Carolyn Rubin, DVM
Dr. Carolyn Rubin is a Veterinarian at Calusa Veterinary Center. She graduated from Louisiana State University in 2014 with her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine, the same year she published her cancer research sponsored by a grant from the National Institute of Heath. Following a time in general practice in New Orleans she spent several years working in government and private wildlife preserves in Costa Rica, then moved on to the Smithsonian’s tropical research station in Panama. During this period, she cared for various injured and orphaned species and particularly specialized in primates. Dr Rubin even appeared on Animal Planet’s “Vets Gone Wild” show when they featured an episode on the work she was doing with the local monkey population. She, and the veterinary students who came to study with her, also provided medical care to the pet animals of indigenous communities in the Panama jungles, finding a universality in the human-animal bond across socioeconomic and cultural differences.
Dr. Rubin has a professional interest in preventative medicine and general practice. She has additional interest in disorders of the skin and ears, soft tissue surgery, and dentistry and oral health concerns. She is also very interested in the liaison role she plays with pet parents in helping them better understand, care for, and make decisions for their animal companions. Dr. Rubin said she was inspired to become a veterinarian by the capacity for the human-animal bond.
Dr. Rubin grew up in New Orleans, LA, and lived in Italy for 5 years, Costa Rica for 4 years, and in Panama on a sailboat for 1 year. Dr. Rubin shares her home with two well-traveled fur kids, chihuahuas Petal and Lunabel. When she is not practicing veterinary medicine, she enjoys activities on the water or quality time with her chihuahuas.
Following her accomplishments abroad, Dr. Rubin saw big city life as the next adventure. She most recently practiced small animal medicine on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, and joined Calusa Veterinary Center in 2021 to continue her passion for working with pets.