Susan Large Ralston is a 1983 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. She completed an internship in Large Animal Medicine and Surgery at the University of Pennsylvania’s New Bolton Center, then a Large Animal Internal Medicine residency at the University of California at Davis. For 2 years after her residency, Dr. Ralston remained at UC Davis as a clinical educator. Following her time in academia, she started a private veterinary practice in Sonoma, California.
For the past 20 years, Dr. Ralston has worked as a field veterinarian for Merck AgVet, now Merial. Currently, she is a Senior Field Technical Service Veterinarian in the Companion Animal Group. Her responsibilities include training, development and delivery of educational programs, liaison to veterinary colleges, and convention support. She works with national, state, and local continuing education committees to bring quality CE experiences to their conferences. Dr. Ralston attends several major veterinary conferences each year, as well as many state and local continuing education events. She has delivered hundreds of educational presentations at national, regional, and state conferences, as well as to local VMA groups and veterinary colleges.
In academia and industry, Dr. Ralston has received numerous awards for teaching excellence and professional contributions.
Dr. Ralston has been called upon by the media to comment on pet health in national and local media outlets including appearances on MSNBC, USA Network, “Healthy Solutions” with Mariette Hartley, and video news releases. In addition, she has broadcast on Animal Planet Radio, and contributed pet health information for articles in various magazines. Recently, Dr. Ralston taped 2 of Sirius radio’s “The Pet Hour” shows with Nancy Glass and Cindy Connors.
Dr. Ralston lives on a working hay and grain farm in Utah. She has owned Rhodesian Ridgeback dogs since 1983, and is an avid exhibitor at conformation shows and field trials. She has received top breeder and owner-handler awards from the Rhodesian Ridgeback Club of the United States. Animal Planet’s “Dogs 101”, segment on the Rhodesian Ridgeback was filmed at Dr. Ralston’s farm, and profiled some of her dogs and their families.