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7 Reasons to Smile: Good News in Hard Times

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The COVID-19 pandemic has been tough on all of us — our teams, our clients, and our loved ones. To help warm your hearts, and put smiles on your faces, here’s a collection of seven stories from our community that remind us why we do what we do, and that even in dark times, there are moments of love, joy, and light.

1. Pine Ridge Equine Hospital | Glenpool, Oklahoma

At Pine Ridge, foaling season doesn’t stop for COVID-19, and this story of two patients is the kind of news we all need right now: “This momma lost her baby about a week ago, and this foal lost her momma this morning,” said Pine Ridge veterinarian, Dr. Kimberly Blake. But after this mare was introduced to this orphan, a new bond was quickly forged. “They were paired up and we are happy to report that they are doing amazing together in life.”

2. Breed Above | Ann Arbor, Michigan

The tables have turned during daycare at Breed Above pet resort, as guests start to question who should really be wearing the cone. “Our Fur-babies have an important PSA for their beloved humans: DON’T TOUCH YOUR FACE!” said the team. “They love us and want us to be safe.”

3. Spanish Trail Animal Hospital | Lafayette, Louisiana

Across our community, pet parents wait outside as patients brave their visits alone. To help reduce their fear, caregivers everywhere are giving patients a little extra love and comfort. “Missy was very shy and nervous about her appointment today,” said the Spanish Trail team. “But Nurse Marina was there to comfort her with sweet puppy hugs.”

4. Goldorado Animal Hospital | Cameron Park, California

“We all know Dr. Barnes is a huggy-kind-of-guy with his clients, so all this self-distancing has been hard on him,” said the Goldorado staff about their MDVM. “Luckily his patients don’t have the same health rules.”

5. Dogs and Cats Veterinary Referral & Emergency | Bowie, Maryland

At DCVR, a patient helps his care staff find workplace zen. “During this COVID-19 pandemic time there are lots of expectations and added pressure placed on veterinarians and animal healthcare professionals,” said the DCVR team. “Trying to manage long shifts, a fast-paced environment, and collective stress takes a lot of energy!” To help them power through, several DCVR clients took to Facebook to remind the team why they are so grateful for their service. One client stated: “While ‘tomorrow’ is never promised, YOU SAVED MY DOG’S LIFE— at least three times! Abbey and the Whitlock’s thank you all profusely.”

6. Frisco Animal Hospital | Frisco, Colorado

When Frisco Animal Hospital isn’t caring for pets, they’re making us smile with their slick dance moves. “We’re all in this together,” said the team. “Let’s beat this thing!” Watch their video! It’s guaranteed to lift your spirits.

7. Countryside Animal Hospital | Sylvania, Ohio

In a touching note to their clients, Countryside Animal Hospital reminds us that superheroes wear scrubs: “Words can never express how amazing these people are. While veterinary workers are ‘considered’ essential by the government, we KNOW they are essential! They are still coming in and working because they believe in what they do and they care for your pets like they are their own. Their jobs have gotten harder with added steps, precautions, stress, fear, and the unknown. They try to keep smiles on their faces and continue to be there for you even when they are as worried as you… These are the faces of love, dedication, and strength. We have so much respect and appreciation for them and would not be standing strong right now without them. Please, join us in thanking them for all of their hard work and dedication.”

“Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.” – Anatole France

We welcome you to share your stories with our NVA family, as we believe these uplifting moments capture the essence of your veterinary practice and the animals you care for and love. NVA is incredibly grateful for all involved in our veterinary community, and we will continue to support each other during the challenging (as well as the positive) events that every day brings.

Take care of yourselves and each other. The NVA community is here for you.