As the holiday season is upon us, lots of my friends and family are preparing for vacations and gatherings to celebrate. It never ceases to amaze many of them when they ask me about my plans that they are amazed I will be spending my holidays at school and caring for my patients. It is a thought that never occurs to many people who have the time off that others are hard at work despite holidays. Most people I tell this to say that stinks or isn’t much fun. I would certainly prefer to be sleeping in and not worrying on the holiday; however, that is not the career and life I’ve chosen. My patients don’t realize it’s a holiday. They still get sick and they still need treatments. When a dog eats turkey off the counter or everyone gives the pet a few table scraps, there’s likely to be diarrhea and vomiting that needs to be addressed. That is our job. Our job knows no holidays and does not respect normal business hours. That makes it tough sometimes. However, when I look my patients in the eye, even on holidays, and know that I am giving them the best care I possibly can, it is all worth it. It isn’t easy, and it isn’t always fun, but that is the job and one I do with pride.