BodhiBird

TCSVM c/o 2013
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Dec 6, 2008
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Sarasota
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Pre-Veterinary
Seasons greetings all:

Just got back from our work holiday party and just have to say that I work for one of the coolest vets ever. I've worked with one vet for nearly 3 years, and the other, the owner of the practice, for less than 4 months, but if I become a vet, I want to be a hybrid of these two vets. They make me proud to be in the field. Anyone else have bosses like these? :D
 

pitbull lover

CSU Class of 2014
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Jan 9, 2007
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Fort Collins, CO
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Veterinary Student
No. Unfortunately I have not found a vet that I want to model myself after. I worked for a day practice for 10 years and though some of the doctors that came and went were competent and professional, I did not want to be like them.

I was young and idealistic when I first started in the field, but after many years of not meeting genuinely compassionate doctors, I find myself a little disillusioned and cynical. I now work at a big specialty practice and most of the doctors are beyond what I don't want to be like. I don't like working there at all.

Here is my ideal... working for a doctor ( or being that doctor) that is not cynical, burnt-out, disillusioned or too business-minded and is instead compassionate, caring, and will work with animal rescues and shelters to help the pet overpopulation, or genuinely want to help animals out. Are there any out there?
 

NittanyKitty

NCSU CVM c/o 2014
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Feb 5, 2008
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Raleigh, NC
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Here is my ideal... working for a doctor ( or being that doctor) that is not cynical, burnt-out, disillusioned or too business-minded and is instead compassionate, caring, and will work with animal rescues and shelters to help the pet overpopulation, or genuinely want to help animals out. Are there any out there?
Yes, pitbull lover, there are definitely vets like that out there. The practice I've worked with for years partners itself with a nearby animal rescue and takes care of all the medical expenses for their incoming animals. The vets I work with are all totally different in how they approach their job, but they are all INCREDIBLE. Compassionate, great communicators, good with animals, wonderful to techs and coworkers, fun, and motivated. There are aspects of all five of them that make me even more excited about the field than I already am.

The main vet that I work with there is probably in her mid-fifties, so she's been doing this for almost thirty years. You'd think she just started yesterday with her excitement about her work and that she's been doing it for ages with her knowledge and awareness. She's the main champion at our hospital for working with rescue groups in our area, so it is 100% possible to keep up the optimism as you work.

Don't give up on finding vets like that in the field. They're out there, and they're making a difference. And if that's the kind of vet you respect and admire, I have no doubt that you'll be there yourself someday.
 
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chris03333

Veterinarian
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Here is my ideal... working for a doctor ( or being that doctor) that is not cynical, burnt-out, disillusioned or too business-minded and is instead compassionate, caring, and will work with animal rescues and shelters to help the pet overpopulation, or genuinely want to help animals out. Are there any out there?
I am sure there are many out there, but they have HUGE loan burden which makes it kinda impossible to donate their time/services.
 

Kanashimi

Freak of Nature
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Dec 14, 2008
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Madison, Al
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Pre-Veterinary
I don't work for a vet, but my exotic vet is absolutely fantastic. She's the sweetest lady ever! I won't say that I want to be like her, because I'm a bit too much of a maverick, but I do love her.

Hhehehehe... I want to be like Greg House....

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nah. I could never pull off being that mean. :laugh: I can be cruel if it's necessary, but otherwise, I'm fairly friendly.
 

Malhi

UW-Madison SVM 2013
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Aug 23, 2008
220
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Veterinary Student
Ooo! I want to be House!!! I love him. I wouldn't mind working for him, even if he is as mean as they come. I wouldn't mind as he saves so many lives. :) (he is just fictional but I love his character!)

Anyway, back to the thread at hand. Luckily all the vets I have interacted with have been very enthusiastic about what they do. Except for one of the vets who advices us pre-vets not to do vet med and to just do human med and then buy vet hospitals. I always laugh when he says this... I am pretty sure he isn't serious. But you never know. ;)
 

thereservoirdog

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Jan 21, 2007
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California
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Pre-Veterinary
House is such a bad influence. Every time I go to the doctor now they are all complete A-holes. It works on TV, not real life!

Anyways, I've shadowed one vet that was really amazing in the way he worked with people. I've been working at a much more business oriented clinic and I can't say I see the same enthusiasm for the job with these vets, except for a few.
 
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