Animals keep this world running. It’s no wonder that so many people run away from the chaos of the world to be with their furry, four-legged friends. Some of us even spend our whole lives taking care of our pets, helping them, healing them, diagnosing them, and giving them all the support they need.
So, today we’re honouring the people who can make us stop crying, give us hope, and reassure us that everything will be all right. Vets, we couldn’t do it without you! Scroll down to see pictures of doctors and their cute little patients that will make your heart melt.
#1 I’m A Horse Vet. This Adorable Little Guy Fell Asleep On My Feet While I Talked To His People
#2 Proud Mum
And don’t tell me you wouldn’t like to be someone else for at least one day. Even though we all know that this hard but very satisfying job isn’t all fun and games, Bored Panda talked to Ivan Zak, a doctor of veterinary medicine and the CEO of Veterinary Integration Solutions, to learn more about what it’s like to work with animals and become a veterinarian. Ivan worked as a vet for 12 years before he got sick of it. It made him look into the mental reasons of stress and how veterinary organisations can use business methods to fight them. Ivan did study on this subject while he was getting his MBA in international healthcare management.
Ivan now runs Veterinary merger Solutions (VIS), a business consulting firm that helps veterinary groups set up an operating system for sustainable merger of practises and, in the end, gives the healthcare team the freedom to do what they love.
#3 9-Week Old Maine Coon Kittens, Waiting For Their Vet Check
#4 German Shepherd With Golden Retriever Mix. Cuteness Overload
When asked what it’s like to be a veterinarian, Ivan said, “No day is ever the same.” It turns out that not everything looks like a picture, and the job has a lot of hard parts. “Not knowing what to expect and working long hours cause a lot of stress. Accepting that not every pet owner will be able or willing to do everything for their pet is a less obvious but frustrating job.
Also, “veterinary care can be expensive if you don’t have pet insurance, and veterinarians often face moral dilemmas when their clients can’t pay for what’s best for the animals,” he said, adding that this is probably one of the hardest things about the job.
“The best part is using your skills and information to figure out what’s wrong with a patient and get to the bottom of a problem. Animals can’t tell you where they hurt, so one of the best parts of being a doctor is being able to connect with them and help them.
#5 I Work At A Vet Clinic And Haven’t Had A Pet In Quite Some Time. Someone Brought This Fella In To Be Neutered And Stated She’d Be Returning Him Back Outside
#6 Vet’s New Assistant
Ivan tells anyone who wants to become a veterinarian that “it’s a long, hard road with many stops along the way: a bachelor’s degree, acceptance into veterinary school, a veterinary degree, and maybe even speciality certification.” Don’t lose sight of these goals once you get your licence and start working. They are clear and will help you stay on track.
He also says to set goals, write them down, and keep them in sight. “If you don’t set new goals, the motivation and passion that got you into this job in the first place will quickly fade away in the day-to-day tasks,” he said.
Ivan also said, “Work on your soft skills, such as talking to people, fixing problems, and having a good attitude. As a doctor, your day can be very stressful, and dealing with angry patients will require you to be very flexible. Most doctors get into the field because they want to help animals, but they also spend a lot of time talking to pet owners.
#7 Benefits Of Being A Vet
#8 My Friend’s Dog Ate A Pot Brownie Yesterday
The CEO of VIS also said that veterinary schools are very demanding, which means that they “often leave no time for personal life.” Even if you just need to get through it, don’t think that way at work, because that’s a guaranteed way to get burned out.” Because of this, you should learn to set boundaries for yourself and say “no.” “Take care of your physical and mental health,” he told her.
Ivan says that burnout is “a chronic illness of the veterinary profession.” He said, “Vet schools do a great job of teaching medicine, but they often forget to offer courses on self-care, self-motivation, and work-life balance, as well as mindfulness coaching.”
Ivan said that this lack of balance between work and life is the main reason why vets in practise say they might leave the field. “So, stay away from institutions that don’t understand how important work-life balance is and force you to work in an unreasonable way,” he said at the end.
#9 This Vet With A Kitty In Her Pocket
#10 My Mom’s A Vet And Today My Wife And I Got The Chance To Play With This Little Girl
We also talked to Jean Joaquim, a 45-year-old Brazilian vet who comes from a long line of veterinarians. He thought, “Maybe being a vet was already in my blood.” Jean knows a lot about rehabilitation and other forms of health now. She helped start the Bioethics Institute, which is known all over the world. “Here, most of the animals and their owners have disabilities, so we have to deal with a lot of complicated situations. I got to know the owners on a personal level because of this,” he said.
When asked what is the hardest thing about being a vet, Jean said, “Death and cases of severe diseases where animals die despite every effort and treatment.” “Sometimes owners put a lot of pressure on us because of safety procedures,” he said, adding that risks are an inevitable part of medical care.
#11 Hammie Going For Checkup
#12 Most People Keep Office Supplies In Their Desk. I Keep A Sleeping Pomeranian
On the other hand, Jean said it’s very satisfying to see an animal get better and be able to walk and live properly again after being sick. “Sometimes, not even the owner knows how hard the treatment was or how dangerous it was,” Jean said. Jean enjoys taking care of animals and teaching others about veterinarian science. He says, “It’s very satisfying to teach a vet student something useful.”
Jean tells young people who want to become veterinarians, “The journey is forever, and you can’t stop studying all of a sudden.” But it’s hard to explain how good it feels to live so close to our little fuzzy brothers and sisters.
“Night shifts, pay, and time are all problems that come up in other jobs, too,” Jean said. “But it’s all worth it when you get barks, meows, licks, and mooing in return, which are priceless.”
#13 My Coworker Brought In Her Baby Goat, Matilda. 2.3 Lbs
I work part-time at a vet hospital. She brought her in to weigh her and show us.
#14 The Second Male Calico The Vet Has Seen In Over 54 Years Of Practice
#15 I Will Scratch You All, Once The Vet Is Done
#16 We Really Take Post-Op Care Seriously At My Job. Cuddles Is The Best Medicine
#17 I’ll Just Be Right Here Making Sure Anesthetic Recovery Goes Well, Don’t Mind Me
#18 A Beaver Kit At The Illinois Wildlife Medical Clinic
#19 My Step-Dad Is A Vet And One Of His Patients Looked A Little Different Today
#20 Adorable Puppy Visits Vet
#21 Shocked Pupper Is So Shocked. My Equally Shocked Coworker Katie
#22 Bone Went To The Vet And Passed All His Yearly Checkups
#23 With The Best Doctor
#24 My Vet Sister Laughing Along With A Female Pit Bull
#25 Dylan, 11 Month Old Norwegian Forest Cat. Our Vet Tech Carried Him Around The Office To See The Rest Of The Staff For Pets And Pictures. He Was Feeling Proud
#26 My Mom, A Veterinarian, Just Sent Me A Picture Of One Of Her New Patients
#27 Doctor Doggo
#28 Our Australian Shepherd Puppy Slept Through His First Vet Visit, Even Shots And When Being Held Up For A Physical Exam
#29 Created An Account To Share This, GF Had This Little Fella In The Vet Clinic She Works At Today
#30 I Love My Job. Meet Norman