Sara Waltz Johnston is an Area Medical Director for THRIVE Affordable Vet Care. Overseeing the Carolinas, she’s been THRIVing since 2018.

“I have something I’m so excited to do every day and have the work-life balance with my family I was missing. Balance is what I’ve found.” 

 


Name: Sara Waltz Johnston  

Title: Area Medical Director

Region: North Carolina, South Carolina

Start Date: November 2018

Veterinary School: Hokie ❤️ Virginia Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine, 2016

Fun Facts:

  • My passion is for neurology and emergency medicine.
  • I also have a Master of Physiology degree, with a focus in stress physiology and heat stress.
  • I helped with the rescue of a beached pygmy sperm whale.
  • I’ve done health exams on Lions, Baboons, Caracals, Ocelots, and Bintarongs.
  • I make up songs for almost every patient I see or whatever I’m doing. Recreating hip hop songs is a favorite. 🎶🎶

Why THRIVE? 

THRIVE has allowed me to grow and explore my passions. In working for THRIVE, I found something I never knew I would love doing, with a company I love to work for. Previously, I was in ER and very passionate about it, but I’ve never looked back. I have something I’m so excited to do every day and have the work-life balance with my family I was missing. Balance is what I’ve found.

When did you know you wanted to become a veterinarian? 

My parents said they knew this would be my path since before I can remember. When I was in grade school, I drew an anatomically correct picture of two horses mating and the baby that came afterwards…. It was apparently an awkward conversation between my parents and the teacher. From there, I would bring home and care for loner or sick animals; a fawn, a ground hog, snakes, an abandoned sheep and goat.


Come grow with us and join Sara’s team today! Explore new opportunities at THRIVE.