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Animal Care Center of Vernon, Inc.
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I have learned that veterinary practice is not about animals, but rather about people with animals. That may be the most important thing about veterinary medicine that I have learned in the last 40 years.
I've never been known as the veterinarian that had all the answers, but one who would work hard to find them. Auburn University gave me tremendous tools to work with, and solving animal problems for clients has been great fun.
Some wise person reminded me along the way that doctors were known as teachers for a long time before they were regarded as healers. Another wise person taught me that the best clients were always those who were best informed. I have also learned that sometimes the best clients are those best motivated and encouraged to use the knowledge they possess. So, I have been persistent in teaching, motivating and encouraging clients concerning the husbandry and health of their animals. I use opportunities at the exam table, in kindergarten classrooms, at cattlemen suppers, at young farmers' classes, and always when I have my arm up one end or the other of a patient, as I usually have the rapt attention of owner and gallery!
Being in a small town rural practice is unique! I believe it demands a more intimate involvement with the community and your clients than maybe other types of veterinary practice. If you practice in this type situation for 20-30 years you birth, and marry and bury lots of clients and their animals-it's just a function of time. And, it gives you many opportunities to be a part of their families. I find this to be a rewarding part of rural veterinary practice.
Finding balance in life for a health professional is always a challenge, but I feel that rural practice provides plenty of opportunities for recreation, personal development and family fun. The country is always a place where the kinfolks can come see and do things they can't do at home.
One of my favorite things I remember my daddy saying back on the farm was, "Well, you can see where we've been today!" I've always tried to live that way, for it brings much satisfaction. My other goal has been to treat clients in such a way that when I looked back on the day, I could lie down and go to sleep with no regrets.
ABOUT DR. CLICK
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