12 Reasons Why I Love Being a Dr. Ramiz – Veterinarian
Being a veterinarian is a tough job, but there is plenty that I love about it.
Gratitude is what helps me stay focused on what I love in tough situations. I hope this list will inspire you to think about what part of veterinary medicine you are grateful for.
1. I make a difference
I have been blessed with an amazing amount of skills and knowledge in my veterinary education. Even the seemingly less important facts can make a huge difference in the life of a pet. I can improve the lives of humans and animals by remembering (or looking something up on VIN) something that I learned.
2. I love teaching
A large part of being a veterinarian is client education. I love seeing my clients eyes light up when they understand something that was previously unclear. I love making complicated things simple.
3. The amazing clients
I really appreciate the clients that make my job as easy as possible. Whether it is their wealth of prior knowledge and experience, or their kind and patient nature, interacting with great clients feels like it takes a load off of my shoulders.
4. The simple things
Remember how I said I love making complicated things simple? I love giving simple advice. Oh your dog is super itchy? Let’s put it on flea meds and start bathing regularly. Of course, some clients are disappointed that I haven’t prescribed the fancy new allergy shot, but I love having the freedom to start off simple.
5. The complicated things
I love simple things, but sometimes my inner detective loves a good work-up. I love piecing together different clues that sometimes seem unrelated. My dog sometimes eats apples, and now it has diarrhea and dark red gums… It’s mentally invigorating to play medical detective.
6. The situations that challenge me
The clinic is full of challenging environments. Whether the challenges take the form of a disagreeable client, a fractious dog, or anywhere in between, it pushes me to do better. I can’t imagine myself getting complacent in a field that is so incredibly (and wonderfully) challenging.
7. My amazing team
I love my team. They are the main reason why I enjoy working. They are so incredibly skilled and kind. I couldn’t do what I do without them.
8. I get to do surgery
I enjoy donning my stylish surgeon scrub cap, scrubbing in, and getting to operate. I really enjoy doing repetitive surgeries and improving over time.
9. I get to yank out teeth
I loved pulling out my own teeth as a kid, now, I get paid to do that on pets!
10. Kids think I’m cool (I think)
I love teaching kids or showing them how to listen to their pets heart. They have a wonder and awe in their eyes that is hard to explain. I like to think that they think I’m cool.
11. Watching pets grow up
I’ll never forget seeing a 2kg puppy grow into a 10kg puppy in a matter of weeks. There is a mild amount of sadness seeing little ones grow up, but it is amazing to see life at work.
12. I can pay the bills
Okay, this one is certainly less sentimental then the rest, but it’s true. I enjoy making enough money to pay the bills! I enjoy having the freedom to live by myself and to afford the simple things.
Veterinary medicine is a tough gig. There is no shortage of heartache, stress, and demands. But it’s also an amazing calling.
I find that reflecting on what I am grateful for helps me to be resilient. Gratitude helps me keep going when things get tough.
I can’t help but quote Rocky here, so please indulge me.
It’s not about how hard you hit. It’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward. How much you can take and keep moving forward.