with Tolani Francisco | 2022.03.04

Dr. Tolani Francisco shares her experiences on what it is like to grow up as a Native in pursuit of becoming a veterinarian

Dr. Francisco is a 1990 graduate of the Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine. She currently is the Wild Horse and Burro Coordinator for the US Forest Service in Albuquerque, NM. Dr. Francisco spent 13.5 years in Colorado, first as the Public Health Officer at Buckley Air Force Base, then as the Regional Epidemiology Officer for the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, Veterinary Services (USDA, APHIS, VS). Prior, Dr. Francisco was stationed at Nellis AFB, Las Vegas, NV, Brooks-City Base, San Antonio, TX and Maxwell AFB, Montgomery, AL. Before entering the Air Force, Dr. Francisco spent two years in Trinidad, Bolivia with the USDA APHIS International Services working as a Veterinary Medical Officer (VMO) overseeing the Foot and Mouth Disease eradication efforts in the Departments of Beni and Pando. She spent 6 years in Albuquerque as a section VMO for the USDA APHIS VS after starting her federal career in Helena, MT as a VMO. She started her veterinary career in a mixed animal practice in Reno, NV. In 2016, Dr. Francisco established Native Healing LLC [a 501(c)3 organization providing veterinary care to tribal animals] on the Pueblo of Laguna (large and small). In her spare time, Dr. Francisco owns a small 5-acre alfalfa farm, has cattle with the tribal Sedillo Cattle Association and has three family dogs, six family cats and four horses. She is married to Jason Schlie, who is a Conservation Law Enforcement officer at White Sands Missile Range. She is the daughter of Eldon and Shirley Francisco and has one brother, Curtis.







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