Padma Yadlapalli, D.V.M., recently opened her veterinary practice in the Hickory Ridge Village Center in Columbia. The Freetown Animal Hospital, housed in the vacated Rave Reviews consignment shop, offers care for companion animals — dogs and cats — but Yadlapalli says, “On occasion I see rabbits and ferrets and mice, too — but not too many of those (mice).”
Yadlapalli received her veterinary degree in India in 1999, moved to the United States the following year, completing her board certification and required clinical year at Purdue University in Indiana.
“It’s such a pleasure just to be able to do what I love to do. Every time I see a puppy, it brings me joy ... just to get and give that little cuddle and to help with their suffering and pain,” she says.
Yadlapalli and her husband, Surya Yadlapalli, live in Savage with their two daughters, ages 5 and 2.