Surface Creek Veterinary Center - July 2020


T his month, we’re so happy to introduce you to our Surface Creek Vet Center team member, Brooke. Brooke is a junior in college studying elementary education. She started working for us last summer, and we happily welcomed her back this year to help out at the clinic. Brooke grew up on a ranch, so she’s been around animals from the time she was little. Her family raised cows, sheep, chickens, horses, pigs, and “basically any kind of animal that you can think of,” Brooke says. “I’ve always enjoyed it.” Her grandparents also own a dairy farm, so she grew up helping on both farms and having access to fresh milk and meat. “It’s pretty cool to be able to be a part of the production of our food,” Brooke says.

She’s also known the Hirschs for a while, so the combination of being comfortable around animals and already being familiar with our doctors made Surface Creek Vet Center the perfect fit for her. She’s been helping us a ton with cleaning, holding animals, and being there to lend a hand wherever she’s needed. “It’s not as technical as what Desiree does, but it’s enjoyable just being able to help with animals and help them get better,” Brooke says. In addition to helping animals, Brooke is also passionate about education. It didn’t take long for Brooke to realize this was what she wanted to do as a career. “When I was in high school, I helped in a second grade classroom. I thought, ‘I could do this for the rest of my life.’ Education had always been something that was

a possibility because I love learning so much.” Brooke also has a lot of family and friends who are in education, so she’s been able to see what the profession is like for them. Between work, school, and helping out at her parents’ and grandparents’ farms, Brooke stays busy. While she plans to go on and teach students, she’s happy to spend her days with animals of all shapes and sizes right now.

lients Spreading the Word Thanks so much to these clients who referred new patients to us the past two months:

Sweet Pup-tato Pretzels

Ready to get more creative with your dog treats? You’ll have as much fun making these pretzel treats as your dog will have eating them!

Inspired by

• Mark and Teressa Carlton • Dave and Shannon Smith • Kassey Montoya

• Darlene Story • Myles and Lisa Roberts • Caitlyne Scriver • Meda and Lorren Britain


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1 medium sweet potato, peeled and diced

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1 3/4 cups whole-wheat flour

1 egg

1 tbsp flaxseed meal


1. Heat the oven to 350 F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside. 2. In a medium saucepan, cover sweet potatoes with water by 2 inches and bring to a boil over high heat. Boil until tender, about 15 minutes. Remove from heat, drain the water, and allow sweet potatoes to cool. 3. Transfer sweet potatoes to a food processor and purée until smooth. 4. In a small bowl, beat the egg. Set aside 1 tbsp for Step 7. 5. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together flour and flaxseed. Add sweet potato and remaining egg. Stir with a wooden spoon until dough forms. 6. On a lightly floured surface, roll a small piece of dough into a 10-inch rope. Shape rope into a pretzel twist and repeat with remaining dough. 7. Place pretzels on a baking sheet and brush with the remaining beaten egg. Bake for 25 minutes, until golden brown. Let pretzels cool completely before surprising your dog with a crunchy treat.

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