When people ask me what I do for a living, I am always pleasantly surprised by how excited they are to hear that I am a veterinarian. Usually, I hear them respond with some variation of, “I always wanted to be a vet,” or, “My son/daughter LOVES animals and wants to be a vet when they grow up!” I find it endearing and wonderful that so many people imagine a vet’s life to be one spent playing with animals all day. And to a certain extent, it is true.
Veterinarians are a very lucky group of individuals, because we get to spend our days caring for the furry members of our clients families. We get to be a part of the joy that comes with acquiring a new pet, and we get to follow these pets through their lives. We get to “play” with puppies and kittens and love on our patients while we take care of them. It is a wonderful profession.
But, as you can imagine, it isn’t all happy moments and healthy pets. A large portion of our time is spent working with worried, scared and concerned owners with sick or injured pets. We have to work within the constraints of time and money to provide the best quality care we can, without bankrupting our clients. It can be a roller coaster ride of emotions as we try to care for our patients, educate our clients and ensure that our veterinary team is working at top notch. As you can imagine, it isn’t always easy.
Having grown up in a veterinary hospital (my dad is a vet too!), I have experienced many aspects of a small animal private practice. Add to that my own experiences as a veterinarian, and it seems there are few things that I haven’t come across at some level. But of course, there is ALWAYS more to learn.
Fortunately, I am now in the perfect position to rely on my own personal experiences in small animal practice, while continuing to learn from those around me. Because my career path has led me here, to Petplan.
As a Petplan staff veterinarian, I feel so fortunate to spend my days working to help pet parents provide their furry family members with the diagnostics and treatments they need to stay happy and healthy. It is a wonderful and unique aspect of the veterinary field that allows me to connect with practitioners and specialists across the United States as I try to understand and piece the illnesses and injuries affecting pets in the Petplan family. And this is just the beginning!
As a fun sidebar to my daily agenda, I have been offered this opportunity as a contributor for the “Vets for Pets” blog, to take my experiences in the appeals department at Petplan and “speak” directly to the pet parents we help every day. I am hoping to use this opportunity to discuss conditions afflicting our pets, what you as a pet parent can do for your furry family members, and how Petplan pet insurance can be there for you along the way. This is my first time ever composing a blog, so forgive me as I muddle through. In the end, I hope that you will gather some useful information, and I hope we have a few laughs along the way!
To more waggin’ and purrin’, rwkj.