Monica Tarantino, DVM

Monica Tarantino


  • Works full time as a Level-2 Fear Free certified doctor at an AAHA accredited small animal hospital.
  • Has spent five years as a general practitioner of small animal medicine at facilities practicing preventative medicine, surgery, and 24 hour emergency care.
  • Formerly a mentor for first-year veterinary graduates in an internship program at Animal Medical Hospital from 2015-2017.
  • Presented clinical cases at an International Veterinary Conference held at Madras Veterinary School in Tamil Nadu.


Dr. Tarantino has written articles for for multiple months, and is passionate about promoting health for dogs everywhere. She has worked as a mentor for first year veterinary graduates at Animal Medical Hospital between 2015 and 2017. Her particular interests include emergency medicine, internal medicine, geriatric pet health, and business leadership within her field. 

Dr. Tarantino frequently rescues in-need pets and owns four rescue dogs and two rescue cats with the occasional foster animal for good measure. She lives with her fiancé and her numerous pets in Charlotte. You can follow along with her pet journeys on her Instagram.

A Word From Monica Tarantino, DVM

"The Spruce Pets has an amazing mission of the education and enhancement of pet care everywhere. I am thrilled to be contributing to The Spruce Pets’ mission and help provide the latest fact based content for various small animal topics. I have a passion for keeping pets happy, healthy, and keeping pet owners informed on issues of canine and feline health so they can work with their veterinarian on making the best decisions for their pets. I look forward to helping promote veterinary education to all dedicated and caring owners."


Dr. Tarantino received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree at the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine in Blacksburg, Virginia. She also received her Master of Business Administration degree at California San Diego Rady School of Business in San Diego, Caliofornia. 

About The Spruce

The Spruce, a Dotdash brand, is a new kind of home website offering practical, real-life tips and inspiration to help you create your best home. The Spruce family of brands, including The Spruce, The Spruce Eats, The Spruce Pets, and The Spruce Crafts collectively reach 30 million people each month.

For more than 20 years, Dotdash brands have been helping people find answers, solve problems, and get inspired. We are one of the top-20 largest content publishers on the Internet according to comScore, a leading Internet measurement company, and reach more than 30% of the U.S. population every month. Our brands collectively have won more than 20 industry awards in the last year alone and, most recently, Dotdash was named Publisher of the Year by Digiday, a leading industry publication.