Giv­ing thanks to ve­teri­nar­i­ans for their hard work

South Shore Breaker - - Wheels - TRACY JESSIMAN RE­CY­CLED LOVE re­cy­[email protected]

I have the greatest re­spect for ve­teri­nar­i­ans and be­cause of that, I am ded­i­cat­ing this week’s col­umn to their pro­fes­sion.

I find ve­teri­nar­i­ans to be com­pas­sion­ate, sym­pa­thetic and ten­der in­di­vid­u­als. I have been very for­tu­nate to meet many bright and thought­ful ve­teri­nar­i­ans.

I have en­coun­tered the ma­jor­ity of these ve­teri­nar­i­ans as a pet owner and dur­ing my years of vol­un­teer­ing in an­i­mal res­cue.

I am also for­tu­nate to have ve­teri­nar­i­ans, who I con­sider to be the most bril­liant in their field, work­ing at the vet­eri­nar­ian clinic where I take my pets.

I credit my­self with be­ing a great lis­tener and I have been speak­ing with and lis­ten­ing to ve­teri­nar­i­ans for many years. I hear their heart­warm­ing and, at times, heart­break­ing stories within their prac­tices.

On av­er­age, it takes eight years of uni­ver­sity and many years of ded­i­ca­tion to be­come a li­censed, prac­tis­ing vet­eri­nar­ian. It can take longer if you de­cide to spe­cial­ize.

I feel most in­di­vid­u­als en­ter­ing into a ca­reer of ve­teri­nary medicine do it be­cause they are pas­sion­ate about an­i­mals. They are dili­gently de­voted to look­ing out for the health of our cher­ished pets.

Ve­teri­nary medicine has changed con­sid­er­ably in my life­time and so has the de­mand for health care for our pets. There was a time many years ago that pets only went to a vet­eri­nar­ian to be spayed or neutered and for an­nual vac­ci­na­tions, but life with pets has changed dras­ti­cally since then .

Many clin­ics must of­fer or be able to re­fer spe­cial­ized ser­vices, such as timely blood di­ag­no­sis, body scans, X-rays, in­tri­cate/ del­i­cate surg­eries, den­tal clean­ing or tooth ex­trac­tions, di­a­betes di­ag­no­sis, cancer care, thy­roid test­ing and many other med­i­cal treat­ments for dis­eases that were never able to be di­ag­nosed years ago.

I gen­uinely be­lieve en­ter­ing into a ca­reer as a vet­eri­nar­ian has to be one of the most de­mand­ing jobs an in­di­vid­ual can have. Ev­ery day is dif­fer­ent and they all come with emo­tion­ally ex­cru­ci­at­ing de­mands.

I am em­bar­rassed to ad­mit I did not un­der­stand the pres­sures of be­ing a vet­eri­nar­ian un­til I owned a sickly dog for nine years and I pur­sued my an­i­mal ad­vo­cacy work.

I thought be­ing a vet­eri­nar­ian was all fun and games be­cause they were able to spend their days work­ing with an­i­mals. I never un­der­stood the emo­tional cost of help­ing or as­sist­ing ter­mi­nally ill pets. Nor did I know how de­mand­ing some pet own­ers could be.

Ve­teri­nar­i­ans, in my view, should be em­braced, re­spected and treated with dig­nity at all times.

With­out their firm com­mit­ment to their work, our beloved pets would be lost in a sea of mis­un­der­stood med­i­cal di­ag­noses and we would be lost in emo­tional quan­daries.

We are for­tu­nate as Nova Sco­tians to have so many gifted, imag­i­na­tive and re­source­ful ve­teri­nar­i­ans in our prov­ince. Ve­teri­nar­i­ans should be put on pedestals for their un­wa­ver­ing sup­port and the guid­ance they shower us with each and ev­ery day. I am thank­ful for the ve­teri­nar­i­ans I have in my life.

Please be kind to an­i­mals.

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It’s im­por­tant to rec­og­nize the ded­i­ca­tion and de­mands of ve­teri­nar­i­ans.

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