Ami is a San Diego native that left the beach and tacos behind to attend Brigham Young University. It was at BYU that she first entered the veterinary field as she enjoyed academic and hands-on coursework. She did research on dairy cows for BYU which grew her love for slobbery cow snuggles! Ami’s first job was as a kennel technician, then she became a veterinary nurse. She then transferred to A Caring Vet in 2017 after two years of working with animals so she could work with exotics. She loves connecting with and comforting owners of diabetic patients since she struggled with the diagnosis of her own dog. She is a life-long learner of ASL and an interpreter for our deaf owners, who are kind enough to sign slowly with her. Her favorite animals are dogs, guinea pigs, bearded dragons, chinchillas, and any other animal that is ready to cuddle! She loves her ten nieces and nephews more than anyone else.
She loves fear-free practices in her clinic, which is why she loves working at A Caring Vet with people who are continually striving towards the least stressful environment possible. She has a goal to be certified fear free someday soon! Ami loves working in a clinic that sees exotic animals because every day is different and exciting, there are always new things to learn, and cool pets and owners to meet! Above all else, Ami loves her job because of her fantastic coworkers that laugh with her, cry with her, and grow with her.
After graduation, she completed her small animal medicine and surgical internship at the Veterinary Specialty Hospital in San Diego, California. She was awarded the Intern of the Year distinction for her hard work and dedication to the program.
In 2010 she moved closer to the mountains and her family in her hometown of Provo, Utah, and soon joined the team at A Caring Vet.
Dr. Fairbanks shares her life with her husband Howard, their two children, and their cute cat. She enjoys hiking, running, reading, and is an avid photographer.
Dr. Fairbanks has a particular interest in internal care and pain management, as well as soft tissue surgery, geriatric care, and animal behavior.