Supports New Doctors In: IA, MN, SD, and WI
Vet School: Michigan State University
Funniest Client Experience: An adult daughter of friends of mine has a Sphinx cat named "Noodle", who was in to see me for routine care and a pre-neutering exam. While I was on the laptop in the exam room, facing away from the exam table, Noodle felt an apparent need to make the 6-foot-plus jump onto my shoulders, where he decided to stay for a while. Apparently, he also felt comfortable enough to rest his hairless, unneutered backside against the back of my head and was in no hurry to leave.
I've been in practice for 35 years and while it's good to know this particular patient felt comfortable with me, it's the first time a cat, hairless or not, has expressed his...let's say "satisfaction" with his visit in this particular manner.
Advice for new grads: Three things: First, don't take yourself too seriously. Make your career fun, not work. Second, you're going to make mistakes, we all do. Own them and learn from them. Also, learn from other's mistakes. Third, always remember that we can only do our best to help maintain or restore a patient to health. The outcome of any particular case is not in our hands alone.