Dayton Christian grad returns home, talks about TV show

A Dayton Christian graduate who now has her own television show returned to the school Monday.

Dr. Joya Griffin, a 1998 graduate, stars in the National Geographic Wild series Pop Goes the Vet with Dr. Joya.

Griffin is a veterinary dermatologist, who said the idea of being a vet came at age 7 as she cared for stray cats and dogs in her neighborhood in Dayton.

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Dayton native Dr. Joya Griffin, a Dayton Christian High School graduate and the star of the National Geographic WILD series “Pop Goes the Vet with Dr. Joya,” returned to Dayton on Monday April 25, 2022, to discuss her journey to national TV with students at the school. MARSHALL GORBY\STAFF

Dayton native Dr. Joya Griffin, a Dayton Christian High School graduate and the star of the National Geographic WILD series “Pop Goes the Vet with Dr. Joya,” returned to Dayton on Monday April 25, 2022, to discuss her journey to national TV with students at the school. MARSHALL GORBY\STAFF

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Dayton native Dr. Joya Griffin, a Dayton Christian High School graduate and the star of the National Geographic WILD series “Pop Goes the Vet with Dr. Joya,” returned to Dayton on Monday April 25, 2022, to discuss her journey to national TV with students at the school. MARSHALL GORBY\STAFF

“This school meant a lot to me and my family” Griffin said Monday at Dayton Christian.

She said she came back to talk to the students and tell them “how someone came from Dayton, Ohio, and went to Dayton Christian can do something a little different and a little fun.”

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She credited Dr. Walt Belue, a former Dayton Cristian science teacher by day who ran a veterinary practice at night and on weekends. Belue became her mentor and encouraged her interest in the field, Griffin said.

Griffin finished as valedictorian of her class, earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from Johns Hopkins, and received her doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Cornell.