Contributed by Elko Veterinary Clinic

This November is all about Thanks and Giving. Here at Elko Veterinary Clinic we have many things to be thankful for especially because every day we are fortunate to work with animals. Here are some of our reasons why we are Thankful!

What are you most thankful for about the pets in your life?

“I am thankful because my job is so rewarding. Animals will always feel and love unconditionally and
never complain.” – Taylor Stillman. Veterinary Assistant

“I am so fortunate to have a career that I absolutely love. Animals mean the world to me and I am thankful to be here every day to care for and love them.” – Teresa Ranger Veterinary Assistant

“I am thankful for the opportunity to work with animals because they are unconditionally grateful for anything and everything you do for them. I truly believe that animals are “man’s best friend.” – Courtney Yates Veterinary Assistant

“I enjoy being a voice to those that do not have a voice of their own and serving humanity by caring for creatures that provide both companionship and sustenance. It is truly a humbling gift to be able to practice Veterinary Medicine as a profession.” – Dr. Fallini

“I am thankful for animals because they have allowed me to turn my love and passion for them into a full time career. I have been fortunate to been living my dream caring for animals for the past 22 years.” – Shana Sutton Licensed Veterinary Technician

“I am thankful to work with animals because of the never ending and unconditional love they give. Nothing makes me happier than a super wiggling butt when a dog see their owner or a cat who can’t help but purr from contentment.”  – Ann Jayo Licensed Veterinary Technician

“I am thankful to work with animals because it makes me feel I am making a difference for my patients who cannot say the words “Thank you”, also they don’t bite as often as humans.”  – Teal Hussey Veterinary Assistant

“I consider myself fortunate to be able to be a patient advocate for God’s creatures that provide us unconditional love, comfort and companionship but often cannot take care of themselves when injured or sick.” – Dr. Cuthbertson

“I am so grateful that I work with animals because they have such short little lives and we got to spend every minute with them. I am grateful that while an animal stays here whether for boarding or for hospitalization I get to love them and make them feel better to go home to their families, with tail wags and happy purrs!” – Courtney Snoble Veterinary Assistant

“Caring for the animals that bring so much enjoyment to all of our lives is the absolute best career there is. The best people in the world with the biggest hearts are animal lovers; so, each and every day is spent surrounded by wonderful people while helping and healing their best friends.  No matter how very tiresome, stressful and challenging being a veterinarian can be, the little rewards like witnessing the smile of a little girl hugging her puppy and saying thank you without muttering a word make it all so worthwhile and so enjoyable! For me being a very important part of that special bond between a family and their beloved pet is what it is all about!” – Dr. Perchetti

“Working with animals is a thrilling adventure that I experience with every one of my patients. Their non-verbal communication requires unique interpretation, which can change a situation for the worse or the better. When my human brain finally understands what the pet is saying through their body language, and I’m able to make them comfortable, or relive their pain or their fear, and gain their trust, I find myself on cloud 9 and nothing can bring me down!” – Katrina Martin Licensed Veterinary Technician

“We are thankful to work with animals because they touch us emotionally. They show unconditional love and forgiveness towards all around them. It brings us tremendous joy to see them recover from an illness or injury and go home to loving owners and families that missed them. Animals love genuinely and they make every day better.” – Christy Renshaw, Michelle Grover, Karen Smith Client Care Representatives

“I am thankful for pets because they are humanizing. Cats and dogs are like children that never grow up. They will always need us and will be grateful. No matter what you look like, or what mistakes you’ve made that day, your dog is always happy to see you, even if you were only gone for 5 minutes. Your pet is your loyal shadow that you can tell your problems. They won’t judge, or tell you something you don’t want to hear. They make my heart melt with their irresistible cuteness every day. Even on the worse day I get to help a pet and their people.”  – Dr. Sustacha