Dr. Kirsten Cianci gets a kiss from a puppy at Palmetto Animal League’s

When one retires, it’s time to set professional challenges and hectic schedules aside, right? Maybe not, if you have a deep-rooted love for what you do!

Veterinarian Dr. Kirsten Cianci might be retired but her desire to help animals is as strong as ever.

“When I planned to retire, I always said I would eventually get involved again once I got settled here in South Carolina,” said Dr. Kris.

After enjoying a fulfilling 31-year career in veterinary medicine, Dr. Kris moved from New Jersey to the Lowcountry in 2019. A neighbor, who understood Dr. Kris’ wish to stay involved in the field she loved, suggested she consider working part-time for Palmetto Animal League.

“The PAL Veterinary Clinic offers affordable care to the community while also treating some 250 rescued animals waiting to find a loving home at our adoption center,” said PAL President Amy Campanini.

Dr. Kris now spends two days a week at PAL performing surgery, treating the pets PAL rescues, and filling in when the full-time vets need time off.

“She always goes above and beyond to help the animals,” Campanini said.

PAL is in desperate need of more part-time vets like Dr. Kris, who says she finds it rewarding, challenging, and fun to work at PAL.

“I like feeling that I am making a difference for animals who really need our help,” said Dr. Kris. “Every vet’s expertise and interests are a little different, so different doctors always bring something new to the table.”

Whether you’re a retired vet who wants to stay involved, or a practicing vet interested in shelter medicine, or perhaps a recent grad looking to start your career, PAL could use your help.

“The day rarely goes as planned,” said Dr. Kris. “I truly enjoy being at PAL and passing along my knowledge. I’m proud and honored to be a small part of this dedicated team.”

If you are a veterinarian interested in learning more about paid, part-time job opportunities with PAL, email Careers@PalmettoAnimalLeague.org.

Lindsay Perry is the marketing coordinator for Palmetto Animal League. PalmettoAnimalLeague.org