Dr. Elsa Jean Schock grew up in Sparta, New Jersey, where she fostered many interests, including music, sports, and a love for the outdoors. When she wasn’t practicing the piano or violin, she was out in the woods catching any critter she could get her hands on or reading books about animals and pets. Although she loved her many pocket pets (rodents, birds, reptiles), in her heart she knew she needed a dog. She was given her first dog in middle school, a Jack Russell named Winston, and let’s just say it was love at first sight. From that point onward, she knew that caring for pets and the people that love them was her calling.
Elsa attended Cook College, Rutgers University where she worked with farm animals, performed equine research, and thrived competing on the equestrian team while acquiring her B.S. in Animal Science in 2002. She then attended Cornell College of Veterinary Medicine and graduated in 2006. In veterinary school, she took special interest in small animal surgery, emergency medicine, dentistry, and nutrition. During veterinary school, she also met her future husband, Zach, who was a vet student from Tufts, while they were both on a spay/ neuter field trip in North Dakota.
After graduation from Cornell, Elsa completed a 13 month rotating internship at The Animal Medical Center in Manhattan. She began working as an associate at Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital in 2007, where she has been able to pursue her interests in canine and feline medicine, surgery, and dentistry, while also providing empathy and compassion to the families who entrust OVH with their pets.
Elsa and Zach are now well established in New Jersey, with two sons (Jacob, born in 2012 and Luke, born in 2018). Their family also includes two dogs, four cats, one rabbit, and many fish!! Since Zach uprooted from Massachusetts, they are ruthless members of Red Sox Nation as well as supporters of the New England Patriots.