Marisa Scott, DVM

Emergency Medicine

A native of Cape Cod, Dr. Marisa Scott graduated from Cornell University with a B.S. in Biology and Society in 1998.  Moving to Boston, she worked as a paralegal intending to enroll in law school for a degree in environmental law.  It was here that a revelation came—she didn’t want to be a lawyer, she wanted to be a veterinarian!

"Growing up, I was always interested in pets and nature,” explains Dr. Scott, who worked as a veterinary technician through night school to complete her pre-requisites for vet school.  “My interest in veterinary medicine was there all along, but it took time to come to the realization law was not for me—that I could help people and animals most through a career in veterinary medicine.”

In 2004, Dr. Scott began classes at Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in St. Kitts, West Indies, and in 2007 completed her clinical year at the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine. She earned her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) in 2008.

Beginning work at the VCA South Shore Animal Hospital in South Weymouth, MA, Dr. Scott decided the warm weather she had found in the Caribbean suited her well.  She accepted a small animal rotating internship in surgery, internal medicine, emergency/critical care and radiology at the VCA Emergency Animal Hospital and Referral Center in San Diego.  In 2009 she accepted a position as emergency veterinarian with California Veterinary Specialists in Carlsbad, CA.

“I love the challenges and variety that emergency medicine presents,” explains Dr. Scott, whose interests include trauma, toxicology and internal medicine. “I am especially interested in the human-animal bond and understand the importance of being there for the human family and patient. Even though I'm usually seeing clients at stressful times, I enjoy the interactions and strive to ensure that clients understand what is happening with their pet.”

At Charleston Veterinary Referral Center, Dr. Scott has found perfect alignment between her vision and the reality of practicing emergency veterinary medicine. “I love the level of care that comes from an environment of specialists and emergency veterinarians who work as a team to deliver the best treatment,” says Dr. Scott.

Dr. Scott is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society (VECCS), South Carolina Association of Veterinarians (SCAV) and the Trident Veterinary Medical Association (TVMA).

Dr. Scott enjoys time on the beach and the water, as well as cooking, and hiking with her dogs.

Education / Experience: 

2011-presentEmergency Veterinarian - Charleston Veterinary Referral Center
2009-2010Emergency Veterinarian - California Veterinary Specialists, Carlsbad, CA
2008-2009Internship - Rotating Small Animal Medicine and Surgery, VCA Emergency Animal Hospital and Referral Center, San Diego, CA
2008Assistant Veterinarian - Neurology Service, VCA South Shore Animal Hospital, South Weymouth, MA
2008Doctor of Veterinary Medicine - Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine, St. Kitts, West Indies
1998Bachelor of Arts - Biology & Society, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY