Vanessa Holly grew up in Sherwood Park, Alberta. She completed a BSc (Biological Sciences, 2010) and MSc (Genetics and Molecular Biology, 2012) from the University of Alberta before graduating with a DVM from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) in 2016. Vanessa stayed at the WCVM for an additional year following graduation to complete an ophthalmology internship and then moved to Calgary, Alberta for a rotating internship at the VCA Calgary Animal Referral and Emergency (C.A.R.E) Centre. She was then accepted into a residency program at the University of Pennsylvania in 2018 and made Philadelphia her home for the next three years. Following completion of her residency program, Vanessa moved back home to Sherwood Park and successfully passed her boards examinations in the summer of 2021.