Dr. JJ Khela joined SVA in September 2022, with a heart full of love for animals and a determination to make a positive impact in their lives. Despite his childhood aspiration of becoming a firefighter (complete with all the bells and whistles – a big axe, a dashing suit, and a flashy red truck), he soon realized that his true calling was in veterinary medicine. The journey to become a vet wasn’t obvious, as JJ was intimidated by the amount of time and money required to get the education required. But with encouragement from his aunt, a knowledgeable nurse, he mustered up the courage to chase his dream. And boy, did he soar! Today, he’s a proud licensed veterinarian, living his best life and helping animals in need.
JJ’s education continued at GADVASU where he earned his Bachelor of Veterinary Science (BVSc) degree. After graduation, he faced the big decision of where to get licensed to practice. His travels from California to India, back to California, and then to Vancouver, Canada, have given him a unique perspective of the world and fluency in three languages (English, Punjabi, and Hindi). In the end, he decided to get licensed in Washington and set up shop in Seattle. He’s always looking to expand his knowledge and understanding of veterinary medicine and surgery, and encourages himself to think outside the box to find innovative solutions.
When JJ’s not saving animals, he loves to spend time in nature – relaxing at the beach, hiking, or attempting to paddleboard on a lake. He’s also a huge foodie and loves trying new restaurants with friends and family. Although he doesn’t have any pets at the moment, he recently shared his home with a German Shepherd Dog and an English Mastiff. JJ considers himself a “large dog” person and has plans to add an Akita or Great Dane to his pack in the future.
JJ may have let go of his firefighter dream, but he’s happy to have found a career that allows him to occasionally play with kittens and puppies and save the world, one furry friend at a time.