What do you do?
Where do you work and what is your title?
I am the veterinarian and owner of Wildwood Clinic for Animals.
What do you do there and/or what are you responsible for?
I do surgery and medicine for dogs and cats. I do all the purchasing and administration for the facility.
How long have you been doing this kind of work (total)? How long on the Westside?
37 years total. I graduated from Michigan State University with a veterinary degree in June 1968. Iíve been on the Westside since 1981 and at our present location since 1983.
What do you like best about it (other than quitting time)?
I have a lot of good friends Ė clients and pets that Iíve gotten to know over the years through the business.
If you could change one thing (other than pay), what would it be?
More freedom to do other things, like music. Iím involved with the Black Rose Acoustic Society and the Colorado Bluegrass Music Society. I play several nights a week at jam sessions and I also teach. Iíd also like more time to travel.
What part of your work did your training/education never prepare you for?
Dealing with people in general. I have no training in psychology and a big part of this job is dealing with the owners. Taking care of the pets isnít the problem, itís trying to communicate what the issues and options are to the owner. Also all the things involved in running a business Ė from laws governing hiring and paying employees to bookkeeping and marketing.
What makes working on the Westside special?
The people over here. It has more of a community feel than other parts of town. As a member of the Westside Optimistís Club, I get to interact with kids in the community Ė from giving guitar lessons at the Boys & Girls Club to sponsoring some of the events at Washington Elementary.
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