My parents met in veterinary school at Auburn University. They dated, got married, and moved to Florida, and about a year before I was born, they opened a tiny little animal hospital in Tavares, FL. It was originally housed in a little white building on East Alfred Street, where they had two doctors and no employees, and one room served as an exam room, pharmacy, treatment room, etc. They tell stories of sitting around, mom pregnant with me, hoping someone would come through the front door and pay $8 for a doctor visit. 30 years later, Tavares Animal Hospital is an AAHA certified veterinary clinic with 4 full-time doctors and 25 employees who provide compassionate, high-quality medical care to thousands of patients.
And, while the accomplishments of the clinic and staff are truly noteworthy, Tavares Animal Hospital is even something more to me: it’s the the place where I first went to “work” as a kid holding dogs and cleaning cages. It’s where I learned to care for animals of all shapes and sizes – kittens, puppies, raccoons, squirrels, and even the occasional snake! And, it’s where I learned that a workplace can function as a second home.
Since the Tavares Animal Hospital just celebrated its 30th anniversary, I wanted to take some “day in the life” photos of the work that goes on behind the scenes. It was so much fun hanging out around the clinic, getting to know the staff and capturing the work that they all do so very well.