Faces: Carolyn Henry

Tuesday, April 12, 2005 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 12:03 a.m. CDT, Saturday, July 19, 2008

Carolyn Henry always knew she wanted to be a veterinarian. She also knew she didn’t want to specialize in oncology or work at a university.

She got one out of the three correct.

Henry is an associate professor of oncology at MU’s College of Veterinary Medicine. Even though she thought this wouldn’t be something she wanted, she’s glad things turned out the way they did.

“It’s fantastic,” Henry said. “In a university setting, you have access to the latest technology and feel like you’re making a difference by teaching students.”

Henry is now working to make a difference for those families whose pets need extended treatment at MU’s animal hospital. She has recognized the strain put on families when they have to travel long distances and leave a pet behind for weeks of treatment. She is working to build The Barkley House, a guest house for families to stay in while their pets undergo treatment.

“It’s a real need,” she said. “I’ve been working on it for an embarrassingly long time.”

Henry is in the fundraising stage, getting support from both private and corporate sponsors toward the $2 million needed for the project. There is a private committee in St. Louis working to raise money, and Henry is considering establishing another in Kansas City. There are also Barkley House T-shirts and bracelets for sale in an attempt to spread the word about the project.

“I’d like to see better alternatives for my patients and their families,” she said. “It’ll also be a good experience for vet students to interact on a daily basis with the clients.”

For more information, visit The Barkley House Website

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