Working in the equine clinic this past month has certainly shown me one major thing I need to become an expert on: multitasking. It seems like everybody these days is always doing a million things at once, and we have technology to thank for that. Multitasking in veterinary medicine comes down to a lot more than checking your email while taking a picture on your smart phone though. Multitasking becomes a way of life.
The vet I’ve been working for specializes in equine reproduction and dentistry. Every morning when she comes into the clinic, she’s breeding mares, doing pregnancy checks on mares, giving hormone injections, and in general preparing for the day. She gets up in the middle of the night to breed mares and deliver foals. And this is just the reproductive aspect of her job. She then spends the day either in-house or in the field doing vaccinations, dentals, emergency calls, and whatever else needs to be done. She comes back to the clinic, and once again there are mares that need a rectal examination or to be bred, or a patient that needs follow up. Lab work needs to be done, along with research on questions that come up during the day. And all the while, she’s answering phone calls from the clinic or clients, giving advice, and answering my million questions. After all of this veterinary work, she spends time with her beautiful family and makes sure to attend family events. Not to mention normal human tasks like sleeping, eating, breathing, etc.
Superhuman powers could be possible in veterinary medicine. Veterinarians have to be able to spend the whole day thinking about multiple patients, planning the day, making treatment plans, and communicating with clients, all while maintaining a home life. It takes a certain kind of person to sacrifice so much of their time and energy to their profession, and still be able to go home to the ones they love with a sane brain. Vets are awesome — and potentially superheroes!