Petersen Pet Hospital August 2019

Monthly Pets First

August 2019


“It always puts a smile on my face and gives me a great sense of fulfillment when I am able to help a pet feel better.”

From a young age, I knew I wanted to become a veterinarian. I found this passion early in life thanks to spending time with both sets of grandparents on their farms. Both sets of grandparents’ farms had a variety of animals in which they raised and cared for. These animals included such things as cats, dogs, pigs, cattle, horses, chickens, ducks, peacocks, turkeys, and pigeons. It was like visiting a zoo every time my family and I would visit my grandparents. Spending time on the farms got me interested in working with animals, but it was my uncle who pointed me in the direction of veterinary medicine. My uncle is a retired veterinarian, and I spent a little time with him while I was growing up. I saw the kind of work he did, and it sparked my interest in the field. Pair that with hours of nature documentaries and episodes of “Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom” I loved to watch on TV, and I can’t imagine doing anything else with my life. I’ve been practicing for 21 years. In that time, I’ve dealt with a number of pet health problems and emergencies, and it always puts a smile on my face and gives me a great sense of fulfillment when I am able to help a pet feel better. It’s satisfying to use my knowledge and experience to help an animal improve and live longer. I’m a lifelong animal lover, and I know howmuch our

clients care about their pets. It’s a privilege to be the expert my clients turn to when they want to see their pets live longer, happier lives.

This is a drive I share with my entire team at Petersen Pet Hospital. We aim to make sure our clients always feel confident in their decision to work with us and never doubt that their pets are in capable hands. This is why we have made sure that the majority of our team is Fear Free certified and that our hospital has been accredited by the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) and certified as a Feline Friendly practice. Animal hospitals aren’t held to the same standards as human hospitals, which means around 85% of animal hospitals operating today have not been evaluated by any sort of accreditation process. Part of that is because it’s not easy to get AAHA accredited. There are over 900 standards of care an animal hospital must demonstrate in order to get this accreditation, such as the quality of their treatments and the safety standards for their human staff. Of the 18 pet hospitals in our area, only three are AAHA accredited, including Petersen Pet Hospital. When we say, “We put your pet first,” it’s more than just a catchy slogan; it’s a promise I’m making to all of my clients. I am proud to run a pet hospital and work with a team whose No. 1 priority is to keep animals healthy. Both our clients and their pets deserve nothing less.

–Dr. Brad Petersen


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