- University of Missouri Veterinary Medical School, 1996
- Veterinary Institute of Trauma, Emergency and Critical Care
Growing up on a farm outside a small town in Arkansas, Dr. Crook Mason knew from an early age that she wanted to be a veterinarian. On her journey to becoming a veterinarian, she first became an RN. She worked in the ICU, ER, served as a flight nurse with an air rescue company and became board certified in emergency nursing. Her love for animals was still strong, however, and she returned to her original desire to be a veterinarian. Dr. Mason graduated from the University of Missouri Veterinary Medical School in 1996, then pursued an internship in emergency and critical care at the Veterinary Institute of Trauma, Emergency and Critical Care in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. From Wisconsin, she moved to Southern California where she worked for twenty years as an emergency vet, serving a large portion of that time as Director of Medicine. She and her family decided to leave California and move to North Carolina, a place she says the people are kind to each other and values are still strong.