Friday was quite the experience. I had the honor of spending the day with our local mobile veterinarian; Dr. Joseph D'Abbraccio doing behind the scenes photos for his website, Facebook page, and marketing efforts.
Doctor Joe, as he is lovingly referred to by his clients, has been our local mobile vet for about four years now. What sets Doctor Joe apart is that he services large and small animals and will make house calls for your dog, cat, bird, lizard, whatever. He is affiliated with a local clinic as well where he performs surgeries and the necessary treatments that cannot be performed during a house call.
During our day, we traveled from one end of our county to the other. Our calls consisted of horses, cows, birds, alpacas, and cats. It was quite an eventful day. By the end of it, I was pooped.
I used to dream of becoming a vet until I realized that sometimes you have to put the animals down (I was young, what did I know). Even thought the majority of the euthanasias are warranted, I still don't know that I could do it.
Every case that we visited tugged at my heart strings. And they were all relatively basic, normal calls. Nothing bad or life threatening and I still felt love and compassion for the animals. I'm a softy for animals, what can I say (one of the reasons I became a pet photographer).
To witness and photograph the day to day operations of a mobile vet is, quite honestly, astonishing. Doctor Joe's beside manner with all of the animals he treats is calm, warm, and he is soft spoken to comfort the nervous animals. Even the way he communicates with the pet parents is the same. He speaks to you like you are human and passes no judgement. He takes the time to explain what is going on with your pet and the recommended next steps needed for their treatment.
Having never spent a significant amount of time with veterinarians I can say, that after 8 hours, I have a new found respect and deep appreciation for all that they do. Their jobs are not easy and sometimes difficult decisions need to be made. God bless all veterinarians who love their jobs and the pets they care for. Thank you for all that you do.