Dr. Marissa Rothenbaum graduated from UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine in 2011. Born and raised in Santa Monica, CA, her love of the ocean initially compelled her to pursue a career in marine biology. After graduating from UC San Diego in 2005 with bachelor’s degrees in biology and psychology, Marissa realized she wanted a career that would reward her with a more visible and direct impact on the world. Her interest in science, her strong interpersonal skills, and the significance of the human-animal bond ultimately drew her to veterinary medicine.
Beginning in veterinary school, Marissa has dedicated herself to helping others feel supported and to foster their success through servant leadership and mentorship. She works at Banfield Pet Hospital headquarters, on the Veterinary Affairs team, developing the tools and resources hospital teams need to provide quality care for patients and clients. She also serves as a co-lead of the Asian and Pacific Islander Diversity Resource Group at Banfield. Marissa is passionate about strengthening the profession through community, both locally and at the macro-level, and believes inclusion and diversity are key components of a robust community. She lives in Portland, Oregon, with her husband, son, and mega-mutt, Ripley. In her spare time, she enjoys paddle boarding, crafting, and is always looking for an excuse to bring joy to other people through baking.