The Daily Life of a Veterinarian               by          Sandra Cash      Professor Bouchard         Crown CollegeEnglis...
A veterinarian’s job is to be a doctor for animals, but there is a plenty more to thiscareer than just taking care of pets...
Occasionally a pet will be brought in without any notice or appointment. Forexample, during the afternoon when there was n...
from the microbes a patient as left behind in that area. Another reason they do this is sothat no superbug is created. Aft...
ReferencesBoldrick, O., & Boldrick, M. (2009). The barefoot veterinarian. Orange, CA: AllPublishing Company.Career Books a...
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  1. 1. The Daily Life of a Veterinarian by Sandra Cash Professor Bouchard Crown CollegeEnglish Composition, Section 111 20 October 2011 1|Page
  2. 2. A veterinarian’s job is to be a doctor for animals, but there is a plenty more to thiscareer than just taking care of pets. Veterinarians can tend to typical pets, like dogs andcats, but they can also see many different types of pets throughout the day. They alsohave plenty of paperwork, research for curing illnesses, cleaning the clinic, andfollowing up with clients. A veterinarian’s day is very busy, and they work long hours. Veterinarians can see various types of pets, from dogs to fish, all in one day, andoccasionally they will see exotic creatures (Career Books and eBooks, 2011). When ananimal comes for a visit to the veterinary clinic, they may need check ups or shots, orthey may need a diagnosis for a problem, administration of medicine, surgery, and/orexplanation to the owners how to take care of their pet. When I visited my local veterinary clinic, the veterinarians performed oneneutering and one declawing surgery. Two clients came in with dogs with issues thatthey needed help with, so they brought them to the veterinarian to diagnose the problem.One owner was very concerned about her dog, which had a limp. Dr. Paula diagnosedthe problem as an infection in the dog’s paw. She then gave the owner some medicine,and explained thoroughly to the owner how to administer it. She also assured her thatshe should feel free to call with any questions. The second dog was named Zoey. Itsowner said that Zoey’s ears seemed to hurting and she was going to the bathroom morethan usual. Dr. Paula thought that Zoey probably had an ear infection and bladderinfection. Dr. Paula and a veterinary technician did some lab tests to make sure that herconclusion was correct. After the lab tests came through, Dr. Paula was able to confirmthat her diagnoses was right. She then explained to the owner what was wrong withZoey and how to use the medicine. (Frick, 2011) 2|Page
  3. 3. Occasionally a pet will be brought in without any notice or appointment. Forexample, during the afternoon when there was no appointment for anyone, a womancame in with her cat. She wanted to Dr. Patty to look at her cat’s stitches, because hercat had been scratching them and the woman was worried that the cat might have hurtherself. Dr. Patty, being a very understand person, examined the cat and thenreassured the owner that her cat was all right and that she had not hurt damaged thewound. She also told the owner to feel free to call or drop by again if she has any furtherquestions or concerns. (Dahlke, 2011) While the veterinarians are not seeing patients they are busying doing paperwork, calling people back and cleaning up the clinic. A veterinarian’s paper work can beanything, from filling out forms for ID chips, to writing in a patient’s medical history folder,to sending to another veterinary clinic for their patients’ medical files. They alsoresearch diseases and effective cures for their patients. When they are not doing paper work sometimes they are following up withpatients and their owners. A day or two after a pet has returned home after undergoingsurgery, a veterinarian will call after a day or two to check up on how the pet is doing.The doctor wants to make sure that the pet is doing well and answer any questions theowner may have. Other times veterinarians will answer messages, because peoplehave called with concerns, or they are checking in on their pets. (Frick, 2011) Throughout the day, veterinarians sanitize the clinic, the examining room, andthe front desk area. They can clean countless times. In the same way as a hospital,they try to keep everything sanitary. This is to ensure that another pet will not get sick 3|Page
  4. 4. from the microbes a patient as left behind in that area. Another reason they do this is sothat no superbug is created. After all, there are plenty of germs and ways for pets tocatch diseases. Over all, a veterinarian’s day is always busy, but they are not necessarily justseeing patients, as most people think. There is always work to be done, whether paperwork to fill out, research, cleaning, or following up on patients, a veterinarian works longdays and is usually very busy. 4|Page
  5. 5. ReferencesBoldrick, O., & Boldrick, M. (2009). The barefoot veterinarian. Orange, CA: AllPublishing Company.Career Books and eBooks (2011). Veterinarian, dude (career book). Career Books andeBooks.Dahlke, Dr. Patty (2011, October 13). Interview by S.E. Cash [Personal Interview]. ADay in the Life of a Veterinarian.Freyburger, R P. (2009). Vetting, the making of a veterinarian. Tonawanda, NY: PjfPublishing. Frick, Dr. Paula (2011, October 13). Interview by S.E. Cash [Personal Interview]. A Dayin the Life of a Veterinarian.Miller, L. (2000). Careers for animal lovers & other zoological types. (Second ed.).Blacklick, OH: McGraw-Hill Trade 5|Page

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