Background + practice
Dr. Kim Slensky, DVM, DACVECC, is originally from Connecticut and graduated from the School of Veterinary Medicine at Purdue University in Indiana. She completed a rotating internship in small animal medicine and surgery at the University of Minnesota and practiced for one year at an emergency referral hospital in St. Paul. She completed a three-year residency at the University of Pennsylvania and is board certified by the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care.
Since 2004, she has practiced at Hope Veterinary Specialists, formerly the Animal Critical Care and Specialty Group), located in Malvern, PA, where she is one of three boarded criticalists and the director of emergency and critical care medicine. She also oversees the extern program, instructing and supervising their experience at our private practice. Hope VS provides emergency, critical care and specialty veterinary services to area veterinarians on a referral basis and the general public on a walk-in basis.
Dr. Slesnky has a full house at home, where her furry (and finned and froggy!) friends include three Labradors (all in various life stages), two cats, one fish and one frog.
Why her nomination stood out
Dr. Slensky’s nomination, submitted by a close colleague, struck a chord with us because it not only described the lengths she goes to for her four-legged patients – it gave us insight into her leadership skills, dedication and empathy. It was clear that she not only delivers exceptional veterinary care (with heart!), but she also demonstrates leadership and acts as an example for her fellow caregivers in an emergency setting. Her compassion, dedication and veterinary acumen clear goes above and beyond the norm: “I've known Dr. Slensky for my entire career in veterinary emergency and critical care. I watched her complete her residency and develop her skills as an outstanding and committed specialist in her field. Working beside her, I’ve seen her dedicate 110% to every one of her patients. I've even witnessed her husband drive one of her labs into work so they could donate blood to save the lives of her patients. She possesses patience, empathy, organization and leadership, and her client communication is exceptional. Kim has always been my favorite doctor to work beside. She is calm, laid back, respectful, smart, and attentive to her patients and my concerns for them. She deals with any challenge that comes her way and remains cool as a cucumber. She isn’t afraid to hold back either. When she sees an area of improvement or growth that is needed for the practice she is a strong force and others also share in my respect for her. Personally and professionally Dr. Slensky will always be my #1 vet of all time!” – Amy S., colleague
In her words
What drew you to veterinary medicine/your current specialty?
“I honestly can’t remember a time when I wanted to do anything else. I’m not sure if it started with the lick from a new puppy or a dress up session with my first kitten or my first halter training session with a steer, but this is what I was meant to do. Emergency and critical care medicine is the best fit for me as I truly enjoy working in a multidisciplinary specialty. We have a varied patient population which often requires access to and knowledge of diverse specialties as well as a broad skill set.”
Describe your patient care philosophy:
“I believe that every patient deserves my best effort, every day. I think it’s simple, but true…I am a patient advocate, a clinician, a care taker and at times, a psychologist (without formal training of course!). But the bottom line every day is that I will do whatever I can to improve the quality of life of those patients that are entrusted to my care.”
A bit of fun
Favorite human treat? Nana’s apple pie
Favorite breed of best friend? Labrador
Favorite travel destination? Rome, Italy