Veterinary Nostalgia

Veterinary Nostalgia

The number of paws that I’ve held over the past three years is more than I could have ever counted. The pets and the families I’ve helped, the things I’ve learned, the friends I made. All unforgettable. Veterinary medicine is a field that I’ve wanted to be in since I was a little girl. It took me almost two years to find a place that was willing to hire me without having any veterinary experience. After being hired with this clinic, I found out that I wasn’t the first choice, but that person had quit after one day of working, so I got the job. I thought it was fate. I was finally being given the chance to work with animals and learn about veterinary medicine.

It wasn’t easy, and some days I just didn’t think I could do it anymore. But the journey I’ve been on for the past three years was worth it. Never before had I stayed at one job for so long. After 6 months or so, I would always get bored and go looking for another job that would be better suited to me. After 6 months working at the clinic, I asked for a performance review and mentioned that I loved it there. And I did.

I was allowed to have my colored hair and tattoos.
I was allowed to have my colored hair and tattoos.
I helped deliver a litter of puppies while listening to a Seahawks game on the radio.
I helped deliver a litter of puppies while listening to a Seahawks game on the radio.
The things I've helped the doctors remove from pets never ceased to surprise me.
The things I’ve helped the doctors remove from pets never ceased to surprise me.
Some days were a bit boring, but we all found ways to entertain ourselves once the cleaning was done.
Some days were a bit boring, but we all found ways to entertain ourselves once the cleaning was done.
Sometimes, we saw more than just our usual cat or dog patients.
Sometimes, we saw more than just our usual cat or dog patients.
I even said goodbye to my beloved ferret there, holding him till the very last second.
I even said goodbye to my beloved ferret there, holding him till the very last second.

I’ve made some pretty amazing memories while working at the clinic. There are definitely some clients and pets that I am going to miss dearly. It would always make the day a lot better when one of these clients would come in and we could chat for a little bit, or getting to see one of your favorite pets come in for a routine check up or just stopping by for a weight check and some treats. Sometimes, working in a veterinary clinic is exactly what people think. A lot of fun playing with puppies and kittens and their older equivalents. But not always.

What makes people who work in a veterinary clinic amazing is how they can handle working behind the scenes. The things that most people don’t think about when they think of working in a clinic. The patients that come in and just release all of their bodily everything all over the place and we need to clean up. The ones who come in because they’re so sick or “gross” that the owners can barely look at or touch them. The cases that come in for emergency help and don’t make it. The families coming in with tears in their eyes because it’s that time for their pet.

We are the support. Being able to handle the unfortunate side of veterinary medicine is a skill not everyone has. It’s a special kind of love and devotion to be able to handle the ups and downs, and be able to help and support the clients as much as the pets. And I have been so thankful to be able to be one of those people.

Files

Halls

I’ve spent a lot of time in these halls and handling these files. Feels like forever. Leaving it all behind to start a new job is such an odd feeling. I’m not even sure it’s fully hit me yet. But I’m sure I’ll be back in those halls from time to time, picking up shifts when needed. As much as I needed this change in scenery, I know I’ll miss this place more than I can admit.

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