Often times we think of all the possible career paths a person could take as separate paths. An ecologist is different from an accountant, a nurse different from an engineer, an astronaut different from an artist. At first glance and without dissecting these vocations down to the heart of their respective typical workday (aka, their core purpose) it is difficult to understand the similarities that exist between these seemingly opposite careers.
I am not sure how an ecologist relates to an accountant, or a nurse to an engineer, or an astronaut to an artist, but I am totally convinced that car mechanics and emergency veterinarians have a great deal in common. Their jobs, to me, are one in the same.
The dialogues below represent a characteristic day of a car mechanic and an ER veterinarian. One details an account of an ER veterinarian discussing a dumpster fire, crashing and burning, actively dying patient that was just pushed through the hospital doors on a gurney. The other details a group of mechanics confronted with a rusty, raggedy, clanging automobile smoking from the front and from the undercarriage. After reading them, perhaps you will see some similarities and draw the same conclusion I did.
ER Vet #1: Here we go! This is it!
ER Vet #2: OMG! What is going on with this dog?
ER Vet #1: Geez he’s so skinny, look at his bones. He’s panting, bleeding from his nostrils, and has hematochezia. This doesn’t look good.
ER Vet #2: Do we have stabilization? I can’t hear his heart.
ER Vet #1: Yup, here’s the ultrasound machine. Yeah, he has pericardial effusion. Uh oh. That’s not good. That’s never good.
ER Vet #2: Let’s get an IV catheter in him. Who knows if this will even help!? Someone go talk to his owner!
ER Vet #3: Our food is here!
Mechanic #1: Do you guys hear that?
Mechanic #2: Wow, look at that pile of rust! Surprised it’s still running.
Mechanic #3: Man, I don’t think an oil change is going to fix that. Must be something more than just an engine problem.
Mechanic #4: OMG the hood is smoking!
Mechanic #5: The undercarriage is on fire!
Mechanic #6: Anyone want to order pizza?