Dr. Kaleigh Morrison grew up in Chesapeake, Virginia, attended Mililani High school on Oahu, Hawaii, and graduated high school in Tigard, Oregon. Dr. Morrison knew that she wanted to be a veterinarian from a young age, so she spent her free time volunteering with the Wild Dolphin Foundation in Hawaii and caring for 10 bears at the Orphaned Wildlife Foundation in Otisville, New York in preparation for veterinary school. She attended the University of Hawaii at Manoa on an athletic scholarship and obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science. Dr. Morrison was a strong competitor on the Women’s Track and Field team as a pole vaulter and a Big West champion heptathlete. When she wasn’t training or studying, she also loved soaking up the sun on the white sand beaches, exploring new hiking trails, and spending time at a local animal hospital.
After four years in paradise, Dr. Morrison traded the beaches of Hawaii for snow-filled winters in Illinois, where she attended the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine and received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) in 2018. While in vet school, Dr. Morrison was involved in anesthesia research and developed a passion for anesthesia and pain management. She also has a special interest in preventative medicine and rehabilitation practices.
Outside of work, Dr. Morrison enjoys being active, competing in Crossfit competitions, and spending time outdoors or with her family and friends. She also enjoys spending time with her feathered and furry animals – Chief, a chinchilla; Kato, a cockatiel; Kirra, a rescued hound mix; Berkeley, a golden/lab mix; and Jasper, a lab/pointer mix.