As a mixed animal veterinarian, I see whatever comes through the door whether it be a cherished member of the family or a valued unit of production. In my career I have dealt professionally with cattle, horses, dogs, cats, sheep, goats, llamas, alpacas, lizards, snakes, water buffalo, reindeer, musk oxen, bears, wolves, elk, deer, hawks, and guinea pigs. Every animal encounter I have had as a veterinarian was facilitated by a human; each one with a slightly different attachment to their animal. This variety of situations has resulted in the development of a broad knowledge base that not only has medical components, but also emotional, economic, social, political and even spiritual aspects. It has also resulted in a career in which I never live the same day twice; everyday presents its own unique set of challenges and opportunities. I feel very privileged, and perhaps even blessed, to have such a career.
Because I have been given access to a wide array of experiences and insights, I have decided to start a blog. My motivations stem partly from feelings of obligation to share what I have gained from my particular situation, partly from a desire to find expression for the multitude of thoughts and impressions that I receive from it, and partly because I have heard that writers can make a lot more money than veterinarians so it wouldn't hurt me to learn how to write. (ever hear of James Herriot?)
For me, getting started has been a big obstacle. My time is split between my work, my family, my religion, my community, and my hobbies. I don't want blogging to be merely the latest addition to a long list of neglected hobbies that I have accumulated, though it more than likely will be neglected at different points in time. Nonetheless, now that I have gotten the first post down I hope the next one will come a little easier.