10 Reasons Why I Still Love Veterinary Medicine
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…)
1. 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.
2. 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…
3. Watching cows run in a field- they always look like they are having so much fun – even if they aren’t true athletes!
4. 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.
5. How fast sheep can move when you are trying to catch them – who knew?
6. 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.
7. How ferrets “flow” instead of run. They almost slither.
8. The fact that newborn guinea pigs look just like tiny adults and can eat solid food as soon as they are born.
9. The ability I have to end suffering and relieve pain, painful as it is, is a gift that I am privileged to share.
10. 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