Have you ever wondered what motivates someone to become veterinarian?  We have.  So this week we decided to find out why Animal Family’s Dr. Scott Bernick chose his career path. 

  1. How old were you when you decided to become a veterinarian?  ” I was nine years old.”  Really?  That’s very young to be so certain what you want to do.    “I grew up on a farm and spent a lot of time working with the animals there.  I always admired our farm vet.”  So why small animals?  I raised hunting dogs when I was young and that sparked my interest in small animals.”
  2. What is the best part of your job?  “You get to interact with many wonderful pets and their owners.  We see a lot different species and have clients from all different walks of life.  It’s  really the best of both worlds.”
  3. What’s the most interesting case you’ve ever had?   “Addison’s disease is very rewarding to treat.  The dog’s present as very sick.  Often they are almost flat out.  As the veterinarian we provide  the proper medication and treatment and the pet is nearly back to normal within hours!”
  4. What’s the most difficult part of your job?  When the pet can’t tell you what is wrong.  Sometimes it would be so much help if they could just speak.  We learn to  rely a lot on our owners, on  blood and other lab work and of course  on our experience.”
  5. Why become a vet when you could have just as easily gone into human medicine and made more money? ” You get to deal with animals that cannot help themselves. That may sound like a simple statement but it means the world to those of us in the profession.”
  6. We know that you have to like animals for this job but what are the other unique requirements? A veterinarian absolutely must be able to communicate with the animal’s owner.  They are an integral part of the success of any diagnosis we make or treatment we undertake.  Veterinary medicine is as much about people as pets.”
  7. How has veterinary medicine changed since your parent’s time?  More specialists.  Even though a veterinarian still wears many hats, there are now more specialty practices we can turn to when we have a more complex case.”
  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? “Human medicine has easier access to specialty practices, however, veterinarians are often required to be the general practitioner, surgeon, ophthalmologist, internist, dentist, etc. This makes our practice both more interesting and more difficult.  In veterinary medicine we still see the bulk of our cases through from start to finish.  That is often not the case in human medicine.  I think that allows us to develop strong relationships with our clients and their pets.  We become very invested in the well being of our patients. 
  9. What do you think the new horizons for veterinary medicine will be?   Cancer treatments are becoming more common and we are seeing more successful outcomes. Today, pets are a part of the family.  Their owners want to do more to both extend and improve the quality of their pet’s lives.
  10.  If someone gave you a magic wand and you could go back and do it over again, would you still become a vet?  ‘Absolutely!!”