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Most vets knew what we wanted to be when we were young. For me, it’s part of my identity, one of my earliest memories. I can’t remember a time when I didn’t know that I would be a veterinarian. I pictured a house on a hill where I saw patients and lived with my family, a field for the horses I would have, a long dirt driveway and a quiet life. I named my practice and presented it for career day in 8thgrade. I figured out the real life costs of running it for a project as a senior in high school. In college, I made contacts in Montana for hay, equipment and land. I spent summers working on thoroughbred farms and discussed future jobs as a track vet. I had my life planned and a path to take. Then, after two years of college, I got into vet school.

Within months of starting, I realized I had no idea what being a vet actually looked like, and all of my very well thought out, carefully planned ideas came tumbling down. I could have never imagined the wild ride I was in for and what it actually meant to be a veterinarian. After my didactic years, I entered clinics focused on seeing small animals, not horses. I cancelled externships, burned bridges and turned my plans upside down. Now, more than ten years later, I run a small animal practice in the town where I grew up. It’s not down a dirt road in Big Sky, Montana and I don’t see horses in Ocala, Florida, but it fills every bucket in my soul that my childhood dream set up.

I’ve always known that I wanted to be a vet. Most of us are born knowing. What I didn’t know was what that would look like. In this blog, I’ll share stories from my own career, as well as those from colleagues across the country. You’ll hear about wild patients, even wilder clients, dark nights, dangerous house calls, new beginnings, and incredible feats of strength. The glamorous, the dirty, the tragic, the brilliant. You’ll hear from not just veterinarians, but from support staff, too. Hopefully, it brings us all together and paints a picture of just what it means to be a veterinarian.

Signs of a Pet Emergency

Signs of a Pet Emergency

Signs of a Pet Emergency   Summer has many dangers for pets, but colder weather also brings its own hazards. As the temperature drops, watch out for the following issues that can require emergency care for your furry pal.   Antifreeze toxicity in pets...

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5 Pet Safety Tips for Inside & Outside the Home

5 Pet Safety Tips for Inside & Outside the Home

5 Pet Safety Tips for Inside & Outside the Home   Your pet’s sense of curiosity and smell can land them in a heap of trouble if you don’t take precautions. In honor of National Animal Safety and Protection Month, our team shares tips on how to keep your furry...

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Follow These Tips to Prevent Pet Obesity

Follow These Tips to Prevent Pet Obesity

Follow These Tips to Prevent Pet Obesity   National Pet Obesity Awareness Day is on October 12, but you should pay attention to your pet’s weight all year long. More than half of the nation’s cats and dogs are considered overweight or obese, which can lead to...

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Safety Tips for Owners of Deaf Dogs

Safety Tips for Owners of Deaf Dogs

Safety Tips for Owners of Deaf Dogs    Specially abled pets hold a special spot in animal lovers’ hearts, and deaf dogs are certainly a category to be treasured. In honor of Deaf Dog Awareness Week, which falls on the last full week of September each year, our...

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Back-to-School Considerations for Your Pet

Back-to-School Considerations for Your Pet

Back-to-School Considerations for Your Pet   Switching your family from summer to school can be rough for everyone, four-legged ones included. To help make the back-to-school transition easier—for your pet, at least—give the following tips a try.   #1: Set...

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