There are 50,000 veterinarians in the US alone. We don’t always love our work but we always seem to have great stories. There’s something about pets—and animals in general—that brings out the crazies among us…and/or within us. Perhaps that’s the best explanation for our wealth of material.

Most people misunderstand veterinarians. They mistakenly believe we are an ideal blend of the rational scientist and the warm-hearted, gentle caretaker. That’s like saying we’re fiscally conservative and socially liberal. Or bisexual. The reality is that no one can have it all.

The next few articles under the Vet POV category will address the mythology behind being a vet. Have fun reading.