More than a decade after graduating college, I am still happy with my decision and more convinced than ever that I would not have been happy as a vet. Although I was not going for large animal medicine, I see what my vet does now and I am consistently amazed. How does she do it? I am so thankful that there are individuals out there who can:
- Work ten to twelve hour days regularly.
- Explain patiently and with tact the nuances of an animal's medical condition.
- Be available on weekends, evenings, holidays, and will leave special events to attend a call.
- Eat on the run for every meal and every day (Seriously. When does my vet eat? She is constantly moving from call to call.).
- Maintain a business from the field.
- Shake off a nasty kick from a "patient" (I watched my vet get pinned and then kicked by a big pony; she barely took five before continuing with her work.).
- Stay focused and calm in critical medical situations.
- Say what needs to be said with an animal's best interest at heart.
- Maintain composure when transitioning from a tragic call to a new patient and client.
- Show empathy when a beloved animal is lost (My vet honestly and sincerely cried after putting one of our older horses to sleep.).
- Give the injection that ends suffering.
I have always admired my vet, but I admire her even more now because I have a baby and am working so hard to juggle everything. My vet is also a mother. I just can't fathom how she does it. She must be a super woman.
Harley has been doing better with his coughing. I was inspired to write this post, because no matter how late it is, whenever I see or speak to my vet, she is never on her last call of the day. Equal praise goes to her faithful assistant. The two of them are my heros.