Dr. Christie Banks is an Omaha native who, as a child, dreamed of becoming another Jane Goodall, living amongst and studying the animals of Africa. She had to make do by living with a menagerie of pets at home.
Her dream of caring for animals never died and she took her first step toward pursuing it by earning her B.S. degree in Biology at the University of Nebraska at Kearney. While a student, she worked as an assistant at a mixed-animal veterinary clinic.
“I was immediately captivated by the challenging cases and great recoveries that I observed there and knew for a fact that veterinary medicine was my calling,” she recalls.
Dr. Banks went on to attend Iowa State University where she earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree. Upon graduation, she joined a small animal practice in Hastings, NE and there became an experienced veterinarian with special interests in veterinary dermatology, oncology, senior pet care and the management of chronic health conditions.
After several years, Dr. Banks, along with her husband Brian and young daughter Harper, decided it was time to return “home” to Omaha and she accepted the position at Fort Street Veterinarian.
“I was drawn to Fort Street Veterinarian because of the quality medical and personal care that Dr. Busselman and his team provide to each pet and client,” Dr. Banks explains. “I was also impressed that Dr. Busselman went out of his way to meet my family and understood the important role they play in my life. I am unbelievably excited to join Fort Street Veterinarian!”
“We’re delighted to have Dr. Banks with us,” says Dr. Busselman. “She’s passionate about exceptional patient care, thoroughly enjoys building lasting relationships with pets and their people, and helps clients make informed decisions for their pets. Because we’re continuing to grow with every year, we need another skilled veterinarian on staff and we believe that Dr. Banks fills the bill perfectly.”
In her free time Dr. Banks enjoys hitting the gym, traveling and spending time outdoors with her family. The Bankses currently share their home with a domestic shorthair cat named Bob. As a tiny kitten, Bob was left with his littermates in a cardboard box outside a gas station. Dr. Banks splinted his broken leg, fell in love with his rambunctious personality and decided to make him a permanent family member.