From the time she was six years old, Timea Brady knew she wanted to be a veterinarian.
She’d grown up with many pets, including hamsters, guinea pigs, finches, cats and dogs, but as a first-grader, when she began riding horses and participating in dressage, she knew she was destined for a career caring for animals.
During her years at Harrison High in Lafayette, Dr. Brady’s interest in genetics and molecular biology inspired dreams of a career in research, but after spending her first two years as an undergraduate in Purdue University’s molecular biology laboratories, she knew something was missing.
During her junior year, as a volunteer helping rehabilitate injured and orphaned wildlife at the Wildcat Wildlife Center, Dr. Brady realized as much as she loved research, it was the hands-on treatment and interaction with animals and people that she found most rewarding.
After finishing her Bachelor of Science degree in molecular biology, with a minor in animal science, Dr. Brady enrolled at Purdue’s School of Veterinary Medicine, spending her summers doing research to trace the transmission of salmonella in hospitalized horses and find better ways to prevent potentially fatal salmonella outbreaks.
Upon completing her veterinary degree in 2005, Dr. Brady and her husband Ryan moved to Brownsburg and for the next four years, she worked as an associate veterinarian at a small animal hospital on the west side of Indianapolis.
While gaining practical experience and honing her skills as a small animal practitioner, Dr. Brady set her own standards for quality of patient care and clarified her vision of how she wanted to practice veterinary medicine. Still a scientist at heart, she knew she wanted always to stay abreast of the latest research and follow clinically-proven protocols using the most advanced therapies and equipment available.
She also knew to sustain her career long-term, she would be most likely to thrive in a practice that supports doctors and staff in maintaining a healthy work-life balance.
As an associate, Dr. Brady lacked the authority to make the medical and business decisions needed to match her ideals. But as a practice owner, she knew she would be able to meet her own standards and realize her vision for her career. She began researching opportunities for practice ownership and, on June 1, 2009, she purchased Brownsburg Animal Clinic, founded in 1970 by Dr. Ronald P. Miller and his wife.
In the decade since buying the clinic, Dr. Brady and her team have continued to serve the practice’s most loyal clients as well as many more discriminating Brownsburg-area dog and cat owners who appreciate Brownsburg Animal Clinic’s friendly atmosphere and the continuously improving quality of care for their cherished pets.
Equipment investments have been a priority for Dr. Brady as well as investments in continuing education and staffing well-qualified professionals for the team. Under her leadership, the clinic actively supports a number of community charities.
As clinic owner, Dr. Brady especially enjoys getting to know clients and their pets while working alongside team members who “have the clinic in their hearts.”
In October 2018, after five years of dreaming and planning, Dr. Brady broke ground on an addition to the clinic’s 1970s-era building that doubled its size, followed by reconfiguring and renovating the original space to accommodate dedicated surgical and dental suites, an updated pharmacy and updated offices. The project concluded in fall 2019.
In the decades ahead, Dr. Brady looks forward to continuing to serve the clinic’s clientele and their pets in the expanded, renovated facility, allowing the clinic to care for even more Brownsburg-area pets with greater flexibility and comfort.
In her free time, Dr. Brady enjoys running and spending time with her family and friends. In May 2016, she and Ryan welcomed a son, Rhys, to the family, which also includes three dogs and a cat.