I’ve written before, although more humorously, about how I procrastinate during finals. Well, this time, I think it paid off. The story I’m about to share just might make you reconsider the value of giving the books a break and appreciating the bigger picture that is the awesomeness of vet med.
It was early December, 2014, and I found myself growing frustrated with General Pathology. Starting to feel that morphologic diagnoses were annoyingly redundant, I stepped away from my computer and turned on Animal Planet. After all, that is my favorite station. At the time, Northwoods Law was airing an episode.
Although I hadn’t watched Northwoods Law before, something caught my attention. As I instantly forgot about the looming final in the morning, I grew increasingly fascinated by a veterinarian featured on the show. His name was Dr. John Flood. Interestingly enough, he practices small animal medicine from the cockpit of his boat and provides his services to residents of some of the islands surrounding Portland, Maine.
Eureka, I had found a way to combine my loves of boating and vet med! I headed back to my computer and immediately looked Dr. Flood up on the web and sent him an e-mail. A few days later, expecting nothing, I was shocked by his response and eagerness to entertain my interest in joining him on the water for a day. Fast forward a few months and now I am reporting back on a really cool experience that I was fortunate to have. Dr. Flood let me accompany him and his technician for the day visiting patients on Little Diamond Island and Peaks Island off the coast of Portland.
Not only is Dr. Flood a great vet, but I admire his ability to adapt his boat to offer veterinary services to island citizens. I’ve worked in a few different clinics, but I must say that Dr. Flood’s office offers the finest view of all. It was easy to forget that this was a veterinary clinic while peacefully traveling between islands and observing nesting pairs of loons and eiders.
A parting word. Stepping back for a second from the books is not a negative thing at all. Don’t be afraid to look around you and consider all the opportunities that might be at hand. By doing this, you may discover possibilities you never knew existed and the opportunity to befriend colleagues in unexpected places.