Thirty Years in Practice


Today marks thirty years since I started practicing veterinary medicine in Schuylkill County. I began soon after graduating from veterinary school in Alabama, taking the national boards, attending my sister’s wedding in Virginia and then packing up and making the move to Pennsylvania. Whew. It was a whirlwind experience. Then, there was so much to learn in practice. I find I am still learning every day.

One of the remarkable differences in practice now is the number of veterinarians in the county. I think there were seven at that time. Now, that number has more than doubled. At that time I was the youngest of these veterinarians. Now,while not necessarily the oldest, I am the most experienced. I realized that one evening at a local continuing education seminar. OMG.

My colleagues at that time have now retired or passed away. It’s funny, it doesn’t feel like it  has been that long! I have a number of clients that have been with me for all these years. To them, I tip my hat. Thank you. There have been a lot of memorable pets as well. I still think about those wonderful pets that I have had the honor to treat.

Another remarkable difference in practice is technology. While veterinary medicine is an art that requires good instincts on top of a broad base of knowledge, it now also has access to tests and procedures that were simply unavailable or even nonexistent thirty years ago. In Schuylkill County, we also now have access to specialists. Currently, specialists in surgery, ultrasound, and chiropractic care visit Schuylkill Veterinary Hospital.

I sometimes wonder what the next decade will bring. One thing is for certain……things will not remain the same.