While working in emergency medicine, Dr. Tyler Carmack witnessed many pet owners struggling with difficult decisions regarding their beloved pet’s end-of-life care. These medical decisions are very personal, emotional, and confusing for pet owners and their families. When returning to Virginia Beach in 2011, Dr. Carmack formed Hampton Roads Veterinary Hospice to offer a more compassionate and personalized service to assist pet owners throughout the end-of-life process and to provide ongoing support after the loss of a loved one. She also founded the Hampton Roads Pet Loss Support Group in January of 2012 to be able to provide a safe, supportive network for those individuals and families requiring additional support as they grieve for their lost friend.
Dr. Tyler Carmack grew up in Virginia Beach and attended Frank W. Cox High School. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Zoology from N.C. State University and is a graduate of N.C. State’s College of Veterinary Medicine. After graduation from veterinary school, she completed an internship in small animal medicine and surgery at Friendship Hospital for Animals in Washington, DC and an ophthalmology internship in New York. She has also worked as an emergency clinician at Palm Beach Veterinary Specialists in West Palm Beach. Dr. Carmack currently holds certifications in veterinary acupuncture, Chinese food therapy, and animal hospice and palliative care.
Outside of work, Dr. Carmack enjoys sailing, paddle-boarding, reading, and spending time with her husband, two kids, and extended family. She also loves traveling and has worked with dolphins in Mexico, elephants in Thailand, and a variety of wild animals in South Africa.