1.  How old were you when you decided to become a veterinarian?

 I was about 15 years old.   I was really in to horseback riding  at the time and my horse had some chronic lameness issues. We had to work closely with our veterinarian for quite some time to manage his issues.   I found the medical aspect interesting and also the fact that as a veterinarian you can impact peoples’ lives through caring for their beloved family members.

 2.  What is the best part of your job?

 There are a lot of great parts but I would have to say my favorite part is when we get to perform life saving surgeries.

 3.  What’s the most interesting case you’ve ever had?

 When I was in my last year of school, a dog came in that had swallowed a 10 inch kitchen knife that was lodged in its esophagus in the chest.  There was a lot of work done to figure out how to get the knife out without damage to the esophagus.  The dog ended up being anesthetized  and a PVC pipe run down the esophagus to surround the whole knife and then they were brought back up together.

 4.  What’s the most difficult part of your job?

 The fact that the animals can’t talk. It can be very difficult to figure out why a patient does not feel well if their only symptom is they are not acting like themselves.  Sometimes you wish they could answer questions for you!

 5.  Why become a vet when you could have gone into human medicine and made more money?

 I really enjoy working with animals and their owners.  I also feel that in veterinary medicine you get more chances to see a variety of case types where human medicine has become very specialized.

 6.  We know you have to like animals for this job but what are the other unique requirements?

 Patience, good communication skills, ability to think outside the box and be flexible

 7.  How has veterinary medicine changed since your parent’s time?

 It has become more centered around the companion animal and less focused toward livestock medicine.

 8.  Even though both jobs require the same amount of education; how does veterinary medicine differ from human medicine beyond the obvious question of species?

 There are specialists in the veterinary world, but still the majority of veterinarians are general practitioners that work on a wide variety of problems.  When you work on more than one species you do have to have a wide knowledge base and know the differences in medications, anatomy, behavior, nutritional needs, etc, etc.  

 9.  What do you think the new horizons for veterinary medicine will be?

 Not sure but looking forward to finding out. =)

 10.  If someone gave you a magic wand and you could go back and do it over again, would you still become a vet?