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Andrew D. Bean, DVM, MPH, CPH

Andrew D. Bean, DVM, MPH, CPH

What am I passionate about?

Through dedication and compassion, I elevate the standard of exotic companion mammal practice and care.

Five Things Dr. Bean Would Like You To Know About Him:

1. The best present I ever received was a t-shirt my wife had custom-designed. It depicted a cartoon guinea pig pooping in the shape of a heart. Yes, I'm that much of a guinea pig nerd.

2. I usually have children's music stuck in my head. Right now it's "You're Welcome" from the movie Moana. That's what happens when you're a former musician with two young kids.

3. I'm making my way through Patrick O'Brien's Aubrey-Maturin books about the British Royal Navy during the Napoleonic Wars (they were the basis for the Russell Crow movie Master and Commander). I'm currently on book 18 out of 21, having started about a year and a half ago. The companion glossary and atlas have permanent positions on my nightstand.

4. I'm a stickler for pronunciation, especially when it comes to names. If I have ever asked you have I should pronounce your name, chances are I've also put the phonetic spelling into your file so I don't screw it up in the future.

5. When my wife and I took our honeymoon to Iceland and Sweden, I brought along a textbook on avian medicine to peruse. I really like to study.

Biography

Dr. Andrew Bean was born and raised with two brothers and two dogs in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He developed a strong interest in music while in junior high and high school, especially jazz and classical styles. He learned to play the clarinet, saxophones, and flute, and majored in music at Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota. He graduated magna cum laude in 2002 and moved to New York City to pursue a career in jazz and pop music.

Between practice sessions and gigs in New York, Dr. Bean found inspiration in the writings of veterinarian Dr. James Herriot (author of the book All Creatures Great and Small ) and realized that music would be a hobby rather than a career. Striking out in a completely new direction, he returned to Minneapolis and began working at a small animal hospital. In 2004, he began his pre-veterinary coursework at the University of Minnesota, and was accepted into the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine in 2007.

Dr. Bean’s activities in vet school were manifold and included leadership positions in several student groups, research into an illness severity score for dogs and cats, and a position on the board of directors of the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Minnesota. During school, he became interested in infectious disease and exotic animal medicine, the former leading him to pursue a master’s in public health while still in vet school. During his senior year, he spent extensive time learning from avian and exotic animal medicine experts across the country, including Pet Care’s own Dr. Peter Fisher.

Following graduation, Dr. Bean completed a one-year internship in small and exotic animal medicine and surgery at Valley Animal Hospital and the Reid Park Zoo in Tucson, Arizona. He then relocated to San Diego, California, where he worked as a small and companion exotic animal veterinarian in both general and emergency practice settings. In 2013, Dr. Bean was given an opportunity to return to Pet Care Veterinary Hospital, and he jumped at the chance. He and his wife piled the dogs in the car and made the move from SoCal to the Tidewater, taking time to explore campgrounds and hiking trails along the way.

Dr. Bean and his wife, Rachel, live with their two dogs, a Samoyed mix named Gracie and a chiweenie (Chihuahua/dachshund) named Astro. His primary interests include infectious disease, dermatology, and medicine and surgery of exotic companion mammals (such as rabbits, ferrets, rodents, and other small mammals). He has a special place in his heart for guinea pigs and relishes every opportunity to work with them.

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