I love animals. Anyone and everyone that knows me knows that. I can’t stand those that harm or want to harm animals, or anyone that stands by and lets someone harm an animal. I couldn’t imagine my home without a pet in it or wildlife outside.
Along that vein, allow me to take the time today to welcome my guest, a veterinarian named Doctor Corey Jones. Doctor Jones is an animal doctor that I feel I can trust to take care of my animals. He cares and loves animals. What he doesn’t know, he tries to find out and has no problem discussing diagnosis, tests, treatment, etc. with me my about my pets.
SJ: First off, please feel free to give me a brief biography about yourself. Background, education, etc.
Jones: My name is Dr Corey Jones and I am originally from Louisiana. I attended college at Louisiana Tech where I got a bachelor degree in animal science pre-vet with a minor in chemistry. I then continued my education at Louisiana State University College of Veterinary Medicine from 1999-2003. After graduating I started practicing veterinary medicine at Royston Animal Hospital in Georgia. Practicing with eight other veterinarians in that hospital taught me how to become a practical veterinarian. With their guiding hand they helped me become a better veterinarian. I worked in Georgia for 2 years, Huntsville, Alabama for 5-6 years, and now I call Yazoo City Animal hospital in Yazoo city Mississippi my home where I will stay till I retire.
Now for the questions:
SJ: Let’s start with the obvious question, why did you become a veterinarian?
Jones: I have always loved animals and seemed to have a strong bond with all animals. I tried several different fields of education while in college but working with animals seemed to make me the happiest.
SJ: What is the most satisfying thing about being an animal doctor? Helping those that suffer in silence.
Jones: It is so rewarding to see patients leaving my hospital happy and healthy knowing that just a few days ago they were so sick and we got them better and back on their feet.
Jones: The most frustrating thing is when I have patient come in that I just cannot figure out what is going on and why are they so sick or when help is not within our reach.
SJ:If you had one piece of advice to give to a pet owner in order to provide their pet the best care possible, what would it be?
Jones: That would be to keep current on vaccination, and see your veterinarian at least twice a year. Also maintain heart-worm, flea and tick prevention and remember to spay and neuter your pets.
Jones: The most pressing issue is the student loan debt to income ratio that new graduates are facing. There are a lot of veterinarians graduating school that can’t find jobs because the market is flooded with new graduates and only about 20% of the graduates are going to be career veterinarians. Misleading information that is supplied to pet owners via the internet and false advertising. There also has been a heavy push by large pharmacy and other business to take the pharmacy business away from all veterinary hospitals. We need our meds on hand to treat animals in hospital. Would you want to go to a hospital that has no medicine and have to wait for the doctor to go down the street to pick up your meds?
Jones: I is a very rewarding field but the field is changing and I am not sure if the changes are for the good or bad. You need to get some true hands on experience and make sure that is what you want because the road is long and hard and expensive.SJ: Anything else you’d like to add, what is a typical day like for you?
Jones: I usually start off the day checking all the hospitalized patients or post op patients. Then I start working on drop off patients and appointments then I start working in surgeries. Evening usually is appointments and finishing surgeries. Last hours is making sure all animals are all settled in for the night.
Jones: A good day is when I all surgeries go will and the sick get better quickly and all owners are happy.
Jones: A bad day is when staff does not show up or out sick and we are shorthanded. Animals’ lives are lot shorter than ours so it's tough seeing clients loose the best friend. What is the worst is when you try everything to save a patient and it just does not work to you favor. We try hard to make sure all patients get the best care possible and keep owners happy, but sometimes it's impossible to please everyone.
Thank you, Doctor Jones for taking time out of your busy schedule to spend time enlightening us about what it is like being a veterinarian.
Until next time….hug your animals. Tell them you love them. If you don’t have a pet, adopt one. Make adoption your first option when seeking a pet. Adopt. Don’t shop. Can’t adopt. Please consider fostering one. The animal will have the taste of home and the shelter will cover the expenses. Can’t foster? Make a donation or volunteer at your local shelter. Please, don’t hunt. Unless you’re starving down in a ditch somewhere, there is no logical reason to do so. Whatever you do, however you do it, please be a voice for the animals large and small. All it takes is one to make a difference, good or bad. I’m one for the animals. Are you? Thanks for visiting. Stay safe. Be strong. Be happy. Smile. Show compassion. Be nice to one another. Pass it onward.
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