Dr. Julia Spade grew up in Omaha, Nebraska. From an early age she knew that animals were her passion, and by the age of 7 she had decided she wanted to become a veterinarian.
She attended undergraduate at Kansas State University, graduating Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture. She then attended the College of Veterinary Medicine at Kansas State University graduating Cum Laude. After veterinary school she did a one year rotating small animal internship in medicine and surgery at a VCA hospital outside of Chicago, IL. She finished her internship earning the award of “Intern of the Year”. She then moved to Houston in the fall of 2012, working in emergency medicine.
She is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, American Animal Hospital Association and the International Association of Animal Hospice and Palliative Care. She certified in medical acupuncture for veterinarians, through the Curacore, one health company since April, 2016. She is also a certified hospice and palliative care veterinarian through the IAAHPC.
Dr. Spade has been working with Last Wishes since April 2013 and is happy and proud to be a part of such a wonderful company because she truly understands the meaning of the human-animal bond. She lost her first dog at age 10, a dachshund named Boris who developed intervertebral disk disease. At that moment she realized her life would never be complete without a dog or cat.
Dr. Spade lives with her husband Geoff, daughter Scarlett and son Wesley. Her dogs are Choco a chocolate lab mix and Gimli a whippet/pit bull mix. She enjoys running, biking, gardening, reading, traveling and spending time with her family. Her extended family still resides up north in Nebraska and Kansas.