Commemorating veterinarians

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I'm sure that many of you have a dog, cat, or other animal that you love as much as if it were a child. Now imagine working outside, and the only sound is birds singing in the trees. The next thing you hear is the sound of a car screeching to a halt as it slams on the brakes. You look up in time to see your dog being knocked to the ground as the car hits him. He's whimpering and howling, obviously in a great deal of pain. You rush over to find him lying helpless on the ground, unable to stand because of his injuries. Or maybe you come home from work to find your cat sitting at the front door, several wounds all over her body, because the neighbor's dog attacked her. Possibly your new puppy ate some rat poison that you had put out to get rid of some pesky mice.

These are just some situations you may encounter as a loving and devoted pet owner. Your veterinarian knows just how to handle these and many more situations. It's good to know that there is someone to ease your anxiety, that they care about your pet just as much as you do, and will do everything they can to help your pet and keep them comfortable.

Many people think that veterinarians only work in private clinics. There are actually several settings in which a veterinarian can work, including private practice, zoos, aquariums, kennels, military service, and many others. In addition, veterinarians ensure that the livestock and other animals which provide us with food and dairy products are healthy and free from disease. Without veterinarians to provide these indispensable services, meats and food products which may be unsafe for consumption would otherwise remain undetected and cause...