2015 is the 30th anniversary of my graduation for veterinary school. I am one of the luckiest people in the world to be able to practice my passion every day. After 30 years, I am surprised and delighted by my profession. So today, here are ten things that still amaze and delight me every time I see them (not necessarily in any order…)
- Every year brings a new technique, knowledge, or procedure that improves my ability to care for animals. We can offer so much more now than I did 30 years ago. I love learning.
- Seeing a newborn foal and still being amazed on how it ever fit in the mare and how it can straighten out legs that have been bent for 6 months…
- Watching cows run in a field- they always look like they are having so much fun – even if they aren’t true athletes!
- The people I work with all share the same compassion and commitment to improving animal’s lives. I am such a lucky person to have the staff I do.
- How fast sheep can move when you are trying to catch them – who knew?
- The amazing healing powers of cats – the old veterinary saying that you can put the two ends of a bone in the same room and a cat will heal is really true.
- How ferrets “flow” instead of run. They almost slither.
- The fact that newborn guinea pigs look just like tiny adults and can eat solid food as soon as they are born.
- The ability I have to end suffering and relieve pain, painful as it is, is a gift that I am privileged to share.
- And finally, the love and devotion that people share with their animals is truly humbling. I know how I feel about my pets, and I get to work every day with people who share that.
Here’s to the next 30 years!
Elizabeth H. Bruce, VMD, DACVIM