Pet Press KALISPELL NOV 2018
A Vet Who Helps People
W hen I was about 5 years old, I watched a veterinarian perform a C-section on my grandparents’ cow. It intrigued me, and even when I was young, I knew I wanted to do something related to medicine. Being able to help people feel better is a powerful thing. In college, I looked into dentistry, orthodontics, and medical school, but none of it felt right. After some thought, I realized that while
my knowledge and skills to analyze the problem, find the cause, and create a solution that will help the pet get better in a way the client can comfortably manage. Some clients can agree to having the full treatment that day, and others need to stagger it out over the course of a few months. Both approaches are okay.
my drive was to help people, I also wanted to work with animals. The awe of watching a vet work with a sick animal on my grandparents’ ranch and make it better had stuck with me. When I decided to go to vet school, I knew it was the right choice. It all clicked into place, and I never looked back.
In my time as a vet, I’ve learned my job involves helping people as much as — or often more than — helping their pets.
Unfortunately, some people have low opinions of veterinarians based on negative experiences or stories they hear from friends and family. Some of these opinions are wholly justified, so my practice aims to raise our clients’ expectations of us. Clients should expect quality care for their pets from a team who is ready to listen to their concerns and take the time to help them through a difficult process. And when we manage that, our goal is to make sure the client expects even more the next time. When a new client comes in and is ready to trust us with the well-being of their pet because another client has spoken highly of us, then I know we are on the right path.
For 23 years, I have only grown more certain of my career. In my time as a vet, I’ve learned my job involves helping people as much as — or often more than — helping their pets. Though the nuts and bolts of my day is examining and treating pets, the majority of the time I am working with people. I’m talking to pet owners about what their animal is going through, helping them off the cliff, and giving them the information they need to make medical decisions that are right for them and their pet. People love their pets. They want them to enjoy long, happy lives, and when a pet is unwell, it’s overwhelming. The most rewarding thing about my job is when I can take a situation that a client perceived to be a disaster and show them that circumstances are not so terrible. I can use
After two decades, all the veterinary medicine is second-nature, but communicating with the different people who walk into the clinic is still a new and interesting challenge each day. I’m happy to be somewhere I can do the most good for people and animals who need help.
—Dr. Jevon Clark 406.755.6886
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