Celebrating Veterinarians

cedar pet clinic veterinarian photo

From left Dr. John Baillie, Dr. Nicole Langer, Dr. Samantha Lucchesi, Dr. Kirstin Keller 

It’s probably no surprise to you that we think veterinarians are pretty special. But it may come as a surprise that the last Saturday of every April is dedicated to highlighting the amazing work vets do. From saving pets’ lives to helping their owners better understand their needs, veterinarians change the world. This year, in particular, demonstrated the agility and expertise of veterinarians as the COVID-19 pandemic impacted the world as we previously knew it. Veterinarians led the charge to champion animal health by transforming and modifying their clinic policies to provide care for pets. However, the impact veterinarians have had on our global and local communities goes far beyond the actions they took within clinics.

Here are some of the fantastic things veterinarians do to make life better for animals, people, and communities:

1. Veterinarians Save Lives

While it’s pretty obvious that vets treat pets and provide preventative care to make pets’ lives better, it’s easy to forget that vets are lifesavers. From performing emergency surgery to remove a sock swallowed by a Labrador to medicating a cat poisoned by a toxic lily, our doctors have prevented the trauma of losing pets in these circumstances and lengthened pets’ lives by years. While it’s frightening when a pet is ill, it’s incredible to be able to witness our doctors jump into action and turn a pet’s worst day ever to an unforgettable outcome and recovery.

2. Veterinary Doctors That Work for the USDA Protect Animals from Cruelty

If you use our practice, you know our doctors love cats, dogs, chickens, and so many other animals. We believe that no matter the species, every animal deserves their best life. This is one reason why we have so much respect for USDA veterinarians. Not only do these vets ensure the animals used for food production are healthy, but they are responsible for reporting mistreatment of animals. Additionally, they monitor the testing and creation of vaccines used on agricultural animals.

3. Veterinarians Need to Know How to Treat A LOT of Species

Our vets have to know how to treat many species and breeds of pets and other unique animals. As future vets go through veterinary school, they learn to treat dogs, cats, pocket pets, reptiles, amphibians, birds, and many different farm animals. This makes our doctors and other vets super-doctors.

4. Veterinarians Protect People’s Lives and Prevent Illness

Could you imagine living with your dog or cat if the rabies vaccine had never been invented? We bet the human-pet bond would be quite different if this deadly disease and other diseases were more prevalent. Without vets vaccinating pets, many people wouldn’t know the joy of their pets’ companionship.

In fact, 61% of bacteria and viruses cause zoonotic diseases. This means that these diseases can affect people and pets. When our vets vaccinate a pet, they’re preventing that pet from getting ill while preventing the possibility of further spreading disease to pet owners.

5. Veterinarians Sacrifice Having “Normal” Lives to Help Pets

Most vets work long days, have odd hours, and have fluctuating schedules. Many veterinarians are often available by phone 24-hours per day in case of emergencies. There are also on-call days when a vet doesn’t go into work, but must be available to come in if needed. With these variables, it can be difficult for veterinarians to do things like go on vacation, plan outings with friends and families, and find the time to schedule appointments.

6. Being a Veterinarian is Often Anything But Easy

Between working long days, lifting, crouching, and spending hours leaning over an animal performing surgery, being a vet is anything but simple. Imagine going from caring for a Great Dane to examining a Chihuahua.

Not only does this job take a physical toll, but many vets also experience emotional hardships that come along with the job, as well. Losing a patient can turn a good day into a somber event, but vets often do not have the luxury to stop and grieve for very long. There are other animals in need of their care, after all.

The pressure of caring for patients that cannot tell them what’s wrong makes their job even more difficult.

7. Veterinarians Want What’s Best for Pets

While being a veterinarian takes years of medical education and training, the sacrifice is worth it for this compassionate crew. Every veterinarian swears an oath that they will promote animal health and welfare, relieve suffering, and use their knowledge to benefit society.
And our team feels so lucky to witness this dedication, compassion, and commitment every day from our doctors. From finding affordable solutions to a pet’s medical issue to easing the stress of an anxious dog or cat, our doctors are the best.

Join Us In Celebrating Our Veterinarians

There are hundreds of thousands of veterinarians across the globe, but we feel our doctors stand out as some of the most talented, caring, and knowledgeable. Thank you, Dr. Baillie, Dr. Keller, Dr. Lucchesi and Dr. Langer, for providing pets and their people a trusted place to receive care, education, and everything in between.

If you and your pet come in for an appointment, we hope you will extend your gratitude to our doctors, as well. We hope to see you soon.

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