Leonard Animal Clinic - September 2018



Pet Gazette A Good Philosophy

From Your Hometown Vet


Practicing Care and Respect With Brenda Scott

I’m Scooby Two, the Great Dane. No, that’s not a typo. My human, Brenda Scott, executive director at the practice, named me after my predecessor, Scooby Doo, who passed away before I came along. Brenda

Watusi, a breed of African cattle. Her favorite part about working there was being able to play with baby tigers — which sounds a little scary to me, but like I said, Brenda has always been really brave. While working with exotic animals was a lot of fun, there wasn’t all that much for her to do. So when she brought another pet to the Leonard clinic 25 years ago and the vet offered her a job as a technician, she was happy to accept. Working with dogs and cats sounds like a bit of a downgrade after working with tigers and emus, but Brenda says she loves being at a vet clinic because she gets to help pets and their people. I have Addison’s disease, so I know what it’s like to feel sick and scared. Brenda made sure I got the best care, and she always tries to make sure the patients and owners at Leonard enjoy the same great treatment. There are a number of elderly clients at the clinic, and Brenda always tells them that if they have any questions about their pets, they can call her at any hour of the night. At times, she has even picked up pets from clients who couldn’t drive, brought them to the clinic to get vaccinated, and gotten them back home at the end of the day. This is something extra you don’t see at every vet clinic, but Brenda’s mother raised her to respect the elderly and treat people with genuine kindness, the way everyone wants to be treated. That’s been her philosophy her whole life, one she tries to practice every day. -Scooby Two

spent three years without a dog until her best friend, Slick, gave her a photo of me as a 4-week-old puppy for her birthday. Of course, the photo itself wasn’t her present. I was! And we’ve been together ever since. Brenda has always loved animals. She got her first horse when she was 3 years old and spent her childhood bringing home every homeless animal around the city. In high school, she started working at a kennel and rode bulls on the rodeo team. Now, I don’t know about you, but riding bulls sounds terrifying to me! But Brenda has no fear. She says riding in the rodeo gave her some of the best years of her life, and she loved every moment.

“Brenda has always loved animals. She got her first horse when she was 3 years old and spent her childhood bringing home every homeless animal around the city.”

Animals have always been part of Brenda’s life, and she has worked

in a number of vet hospitals and mobile clinics, helping all kinds of animals. Just before she started at Leonard Animal Clinic, Brenda was working on an exotic animal farm as a tech. That was a truly wild experience. She helped llamas, baby calves, emus, and even Ankole-


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