Working with animals has always been a passion of mine. Growing up, I was always fascinated by all of the beautiful creatures on Earth. I always jumped at the chance to walk my neighbor’s dog or to help look after their pets while they were away. I strove to be around animals.
When I was given the chance to work at a veterinary clinic, I was ecstatic. I knew that, on top of being around animals all the time, I would get to learn so many new things.
My job is like a dream come true. I have been able to watch surgeries, walk dogs, stock exam rooms, and make sure the clinic is always clean. I am so thankful for the opportunity to do what I love and learn new things every day.
I have seen firsthand, while working at the clinic and with my own cat, just how special the bond between humans and animals is. When I first found my cat, Josie, he was just a baby living in the shrubs behind my house. We did not even know he was living there until one day he came prancing over to us. He followed us into the house and never left. At first glance, we thought this month-old kitten was a she. That is where the name Josie came from. We were quite surprised when our veterinarian told us that ‘she’ was in fact a male. I have grown very close to Josie over the past two years and I am extremely grateful he picked us to be his family. It’s such a pleasure to see and experience how much love these animals have for us.
When I first began working at the clinic, I never expected to create such close friendships with everyone I work with. I have even been able to grow close relationships with the animals that come into the clinic, especially the veterinarian’s dogs and cats. Every day as I walk into the backyard of the clinic, I am greeted by four loving dogs. I have gotten to watch these dogs and witness just how different all of their personalities are. They each have different places they like to be scratched and things they like to do. Every animal is unique and that is one of the many things I love about them.
One day we had someone bring in an hour-old puppy because its umbilical cord needed to be stitched up. I remember how shocked I was when the doctor turned to me, puppy in hand, and said, “Would you like to hold her for me?” Of course I jumped at the opportunity and cautiously took this creature into my hands. She was so tiny that she could fit into one of my palms. I will never forget the feeling I got just looking down at the beautiful newborn. I feel that I created a bond with that puppy. It is something I will never forget.
It is truly incredible to get to work so closely with the beautiful animals we are privileged to share our planet with. I know now that I plan to work with animals for the rest of my life. I want to help care for them and take away their pain. I do not think there is anything I would rather do.
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Article and photos by Guest writer Kaitlynn
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