Animals make this world go round. No wonder so many people find shelter from this chaotic world in the furry company of their four-legged friend. Some of us even devote our entire lives to our beloved pets, giving them help, treatment, diagnosis and all the support they need.

So today, we are paying this tribute to people who have the power to end our tears, give hope back, and let us know that all is fine. Dear vets, we couldn’t do it without you! Scroll down through the wholesome collection of heart-melting pictures of vets and their adorable little patients.

And don’t tell me you wouldn’t like to swap places for at least one day. Even though we all know it’s not all fun and laughs when it comes to this challenging, yet very rewarding job!

#1

I'm A Horse Vet. This Adorable Little Guy Fell Asleep On My Feet While I Talked To His People

I'm A Horse Vet. This Adorable Little Guy Fell Asleep On My Feet While I Talked To His People

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K Witmer
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3 months ago

Aww I just want to rub that little belly

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#2

A Moving “Thank You” To A Vet

A Moving “Thank You” To A Vet

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SentimentAndBadJokes
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3 months ago

This takes wholesome to a new level. I went from smiling face to completely blown away. What a beautiful moment!

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#3

Proud Mum

Proud Mum

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Heidi Hunt
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3 months ago

Absolutely precious

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To find out more about what it is like to devote yourself to animals and become a veterinarian, Bored Panda talked to Ivan Zak, a doctor of veterinary medicine and the CEO of Veterinary Integration Solutions. Ivan practiced veterinary medicine for 12 years, until experiencing a severe burnout. It led him to explore the psychological triggers of burnout and business methodologies that veterinary organizations can apply to work against them. Researching this topic, Ivan obtained an MBA degree in International Healthcare Management.

Today, Ivan is leading Veterinary Integration Solutions (VIS), a business consulting company helping veterinary groups implement an operating framework for sustainable integration of practices and ultimately empowering the healthcare team to live their passion.

“Being a veterinarian, no day is the same,” Ivan said when asked what it is like being a vet. It turns out, not everything is picture perfect and there are many challenges that come with the profession. “There is a lot of stress, unpredictability, and long hours. A less obvious and frustrating challenge is accepting that not every pet owner will be able (or willing) to do everything for their animal.”

#4

9-Week Old Maine Coon Kittens, Waiting For Their Vet Check

9-Week Old Maine Coon Kittens, Waiting For Their Vet Check

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SentimentAndBadJokes
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3 months ago (edited)

This phone cannot constrain me. I MUST PAT!!!!!

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#5

German Shepherd With Golden Retriever Mix. Cuteness Overload

German Shepherd With Golden Retriever Mix. Cuteness Overload

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SentimentAndBadJokes
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3 months ago

THE FLOOFINESS!!!!!

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#6

I Work At A Vet Clinic And Haven’t Had A Pet In Quite Some Time. Someone Brought This Fella In To Be Neutered And Stated She’d Be Returning Him Back Outside

I Work At A Vet Clinic And Haven’t Had A Pet In Quite Some Time. Someone Brought This Fella In To Be Neutered And Stated She’d Be Returning Him Back Outside

I said “nope!” and now he’s mine!

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Cecilia Herrera
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3 months ago

May you have many happy years together.

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Moreover, “Veterinary care can be expensive when you don’t have pet insurance, and veterinarians often find themselves in moral dilemmas when they can’t do what’s best for the animals because their clients can’t afford it,” he said and added that that’s probably one of the toughest aspects of the profession.

“The most rewarding part that makes up for all of it is being able to apply your skills and experience to get to the bottom of a problem and diagnose a patient. An animal can’t tell you where it hurts, so connecting and being able to help is one of the most fulfilling parts of being a veterinarian.”

#7

Vet's New Assistant

Vet's New Assistant

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Nadia Montera
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3 months ago

Cuteness overload <3

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#8

Benefits Of Being A Vet

Benefits Of Being A Vet

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troufaki13
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3 months ago

Ummm.... I think my cat needs a new vet ^.^

Vic
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3 months ago

I think I need a new job..

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Potatogamers2
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3 months ago

For a second I thought..wow, how is he standing like that??

Lou Pryde
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3 months ago

Ba ha ha me too!

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Ms.M.
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3 months ago

kittens killed him with kuteness

Auntriarch
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3 months ago

Cuteness overload! And the cat's too

Biljana Malesevic
Community Member
3 months ago

Having kittens all over you should be a form of therapy.

River Webb
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3 months ago

heaven

Linnedivera
Community Member
3 months ago

So that's what heaven looks like :)

DumYum
Community Member
3 months ago

What month is this on the sexy vet calendar?

Raven Sheridan
Community Member
3 months ago

Help!!!! They overpowered me with their cuteness!!!

MagicalUnicorn
Community Member
3 months ago

i would be pleased too!

Jo Johannsen
Community Member
3 months ago

Kitties, watch out for the Crocs!

I’m A Black Cat
Community Member
3 months ago

I'll take him along with the kittens!

Sarah
Community Member
3 months ago

Absolutely adorable. And the kitties are cute, too. ;-)

glowworm2
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3 months ago

Being murdered by kittens.🤣

Flexiegirl94
Community Member
3 months ago

Job description: get covered with kitties Me: I'll take it!!

Tambot
Community Member
3 months ago

Wish I could be one of those kitties ;)

Moo Moo Futch
Community Member
3 months ago

Seal points!!

Rannveig Ess
Community Member
2 months ago

Wow..gorgeous. The kittens are nice, too

Snow
Community Member
3 months ago

both are cute

Rannveig Ess
Community Member
3 months ago

Awww. A Pack of Floofs

Kathryn Baylis
Community Member
3 months ago

My idea of heavenly bliss.

Milena Nakonowska
Community Member
3 months ago

Nobody wrote yet "all the pussy you want" :D

Ami Temi
Community Member
3 months ago

I showed the picture to my sister and she said (after an appreciative, secretive smile): p**sy magnet! 😂

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lazy panda
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3 months ago

This. This is how I hope to go out. Buried under a pile of kittens.

Geri Taran
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2 months ago

I need a new vet!!!

Suzy the observer
Community Member
3 months ago

Horny pandas down below!

denzoren
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3 months ago

Look at the balls of floof!

Belle Miles
Community Member
3 months ago

I forgive you about the floor. When you CAN be covered with kittens You MUST.

Monica A. M.
Community Member
3 months ago

A cuddle puddle!

Jonathan Comly
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1 month ago

*sighs and sakes his head* Death by cute cuddle companion cats. What a way to go.

Julieta S.
Community Member
2 months ago

MEEEOOWWWWW I FEEL SICK

Isabela Ivan
Community Member
2 months ago

Let all the kittens come!

Gigi Si Miha Duzi
Community Member
2 months ago

Happiness is on both sides.

Susana Navidad
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2 months ago

What happiness means ❤️

S
Community Member
3 months ago

Ted's brother?? ;)

Tina B
Community Member
3 months ago

Ted?

Jenny Lorenz
Community Member
3 months ago

is he also an acrobat? I need to know more lol What was going on when this was taken? Why is he barely on the table like that? Did he fall? Are they all ok?

RoseTheMad
Community Member
3 months ago

I'm starting to think I should have become a vet.

Honu
Community Member
3 months ago

That is also one of the great joys of fostering for a rescue: being swarmed with kitten cuddles. The hard part is saying good bye, but there's also so much joy in playing them, watching them grow, and making a family happy with a new member.

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#9

My Friend's Dog Ate A Pot Brownie Yesterday

My Friend's Dog Ate A Pot Brownie Yesterday

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SentimentAndBadJokes
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3 months ago

No regrets!!!

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For anyone considering becoming a veterinarian, Ivan reminds them that “it’s a long and challenging path with many milestones to work toward: a bachelor’s degree, veterinary school admission, a veterinary degree—perhaps specialty certification. These are clear objectives that help maintain focus, so don’t lose that North Star once you get your license and go into practice.”

Moreover, he suggests setting goals, writing them down and reviewing them regularly. “If you don’t set new goals, the motivation and passion that initially brought you into the profession will quickly fade away in the daily routines,” he explained.

Another tip from Ivan is “to develop soft skills: communication, problem-solving, positivity. A day as a veterinarian can be very stressful, and you will really need that dexterity dealing with clients when they are frustrated. Most veterinarians choose their profession because they want to help animals, but talking to pet parents is a big part of it, too.”

#10

My Friend Posted A Photo Of A Cat He Took Care Of While On His Vet Internship In Taiwan

My Friend Posted A Photo Of A Cat He Took Care Of While On His Vet Internship In Taiwan

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Cecilia Herrera
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3 months ago

Sweet.

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#11

This Vet With A Kitty In Her Pocket

This Vet With A Kitty In Her Pocket

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SentimentAndBadJokes
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3 months ago

Peekaboo!

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#12

Oh My Ears

Oh My Ears

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Hannah Edwards
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3 months ago

This is too fluffin cute!

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The CEO of VIS also warned that veterinary schools are extremely demanding, which means they “often leave no time for personal life. While it’s something you just need to get through, don’t take that mindset into your work life because it’s a straight road to burnout.” For this reason, “You must learn to set personal boundaries and say ‘No.’ Learn to take good care of yourself and your emotional wellbeing,” he added.

Turns out, burnout is something Ivan refers to as “a chronic illness of the veterinary profession.” He explained: “Veterinary schools do a great job teaching medicine, but they often overlook mindfulness coaching, as well as courses on self-care, self-motivation, and work-life balance.”

This lack of work-life balance is named the top reason that practicing vets say they might leave the field, said Ivan. “So, avoid institutions that do not understand the importance of work-life balance and dictate an unreasonable work situation,” he concluded.

#13

My Mom's A Vet And Today My Wife And I Got The Chance To Play With This Little Girl

My Mom's A Vet And Today My Wife And I Got The Chance To Play With This Little Girl

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Hannah Edwards
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3 months ago

I got bitten by a tiny lion cub, they can still do damage even at this size.

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#14

Hammie Going For Checkup

Hammie Going For Checkup

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Francis
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3 months ago

brr so cold!

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#15

A Baby Fox Was Brought To Our Local Vet. Looks Almost Like CGI On This Pic

A Baby Fox Was Brought To Our Local Vet. Looks Almost Like CGI On This Pic

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Amy Bindokas
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3 months ago

Oh my goodness this is so cute I love fox’s

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We also spoke to Jean Joaquim, a Brazil-based 45-year-old veterinarian with a long family history of veterinarians. “Maybe veterinary medicine was in my blood already,” he wondered. After co-creating the Bioethicus Institute that received international recognition, Jean now specializes in rehabilitation and complementary medicine.“Here we deal with complicated situations with the owner and animals, because most of them have disabilities. This situation led me to build very personal relationships with the owners,” he explained.

When asked about the biggest challenges Jean has to face being a vet, he said it’s dealing with “death and cases of severe diseases where animals succumb despite every effort and treatment.” "Sometimes the pressure from owners because of safety procedures is also a heavy duty to deal with,” he added and noted that risks are an inherent part of medical treatment.

#16

Most People Keep Office Supplies In Their Desk. I Keep A Sleeping Pomeranian

Most People Keep Office Supplies In Their Desk. I Keep A Sleeping Pomeranian

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K Witmer
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3 months ago

So peaceful and comfy absolutely adorable

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#17

My Coworker Brought In Her Baby Goat, Matilda. 2.3 Lbs

My Coworker Brought In Her Baby Goat, Matilda. 2.3 Lbs

I work part-time at a vet hospital. She brought her in to weigh her and show us.

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Rissie
Community Member
3 months ago

Goats are the absolute best. When I was a kid and went to pick up my (sure "our family's", no mine) goat, he just sat on my lap and put his little head on my arms. Such a cuddle bug. Silly little dude followed me all around.

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#18

Girlfriend Is A Vet Tech, She Sends Me Photos Of Handsome Animals Like This All The Time

Girlfriend Is A Vet Tech, She Sends Me Photos Of Handsome Animals Like This All The Time

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Dorothy Parker
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3 months ago

Massive paws!

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On the other hand, Jean said it’s extremely rewarding seeing his furry patients defeat a disease, to be able to walk and live healthily again. Sometimes “even the owner doesn’t realize how tough the treatment was and how life was at risk,” Jean said. Besides treating animals, teaching others veterinary medicine is also something Jean enjoys a lot, as he says “it is very rewarding when you can teach something useful to a vet student.”

For all the young people considering studying veterinary medicine, Jean reminds them that this “journey is forever and you cannot stop studying all of a sudden. “But the pleasure of being so close to our furry little brothers and sisters of this planet is something hard to describe.”

“Night shifts, pay, time, all these are problems that are also common in other jobs, but it's worth it when you get rewarded back in barks, meows, licks, and mooing, which are priceless,” Jean concluded.

#19

The Second Male Calico The Vet Has Seen In Over 54 Years Of Practice

The Second Male Calico The Vet Has Seen In Over 54 Years Of Practice

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Ml7500
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3 months ago

THAT is super rare indeed ! For those of you wondering why : the gene combination leading to a calicot cat is normally lethal for male embryos. That's why you can be sure a calicot cat is, upon ultra rare exception as this lovely kitten, a female.

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#20

I Will Scratch You All, Once The Vet Is Done

I Will Scratch You All, Once The Vet Is Done

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SentimentAndBadJokes
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3 months ago

you will regret this hoomans.

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#21

We Really Take Post-Op Care Seriously At My Job. Cuddles Is The Best Medicine

We Really Take Post-Op Care Seriously At My Job. Cuddles Is The Best Medicine

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Joanie
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3 months ago

I would seriously volunteer for that job.

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#22

I'll Just Be Right Here Making Sure Anesthetic Recovery Goes Well, Don't Mind Me

I'll Just Be Right Here Making Sure Anesthetic Recovery Goes Well, Don't Mind Me

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SentimentAndBadJokes
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3 months ago

May I join??

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#23

Wolf Pupper That Came Into The Veterinary Clinic

Wolf Pupper That Came Into The Veterinary Clinic

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Floofy Samoyed
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3 months ago

Awwwwww

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#24

A Beaver Kit At The Illinois Wildlife Medical Clinic

A Beaver Kit At The Illinois Wildlife Medical Clinic

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Purple light
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3 months ago

No pictures please!

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#25

My Step-Dad Is A Vet And One Of His Patients Looked A Little Different Today

My Step-Dad Is A Vet And One Of His Patients Looked A Little Different Today

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K Witmer
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3 months ago

My cousin has a pet skunk and she is the sweetest funniest little thing

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#26

Damascus Was A Bad Man At The Vet And Was Very Bitey So He Got Put In The Lizard Straight Jacket For His X-Rays

Damascus Was A Bad Man At The Vet And Was Very Bitey So He Got Put In The Lizard Straight Jacket For His X-Rays

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Francis
Community Member
3 months ago

"as soon as i'm free.. i gonna bite you again!"

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#27

Adorable Puppy Visits Vet

Adorable Puppy Visits Vet

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SentimentAndBadJokes
Community Member
3 months ago

Do we have to do this, Mum? I didn't even get the chance to paint my nails!!!

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#28

Shocked Pupper Is So Shocked. My Equally Shocked Coworker Katie

Shocked Pupper Is So Shocked. My Equally Shocked Coworker Katie

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Shelli Aderman
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3 months ago

You’re taking my temp HOW?!

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#29

Bone Went To The Vet And Passed All His Yearly Checkups

Bone Went To The Vet And Passed All His Yearly Checkups

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Edgar Rops
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3 months ago

Is it a polar bear?

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#30

With The Best Doctor

With The Best Doctor

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JuJu
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3 months ago

what a beautiful cat

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#31

My Vet Having Some Fun With A Litter Of Great Danes

My Vet Having Some Fun With A Litter Of Great Danes

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Amy Bindokas
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3 months ago

Oh no he is going to be licked to death

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#32

My Vet Sister Laughing Along With A Female Pit Bull

My Vet Sister Laughing Along With A Female Pit Bull

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Cecilia Herrera
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3 months ago

" and then he said....."

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#33

My Baby Huxley Is Going Into Surgery Right Now, The Vet Techs Sent Me This

My Baby Huxley Is Going Into Surgery Right Now, The Vet Techs Sent Me This

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SentimentAndBadJokes
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3 months ago

The makings of a future vet right there...

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#34

Dylan, 11 Month Old Norwegian Forest Cat. Our Vet Tech Carried Him Around The Office To See The Rest Of The Staff For Pets And Pictures. He Was Feeling Proud

Dylan, 11 Month Old Norwegian Forest Cat. Our Vet Tech Carried Him Around The Office To See The Rest Of The Staff For Pets And Pictures. He Was Feeling Proud

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Hannah Edwards
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3 months ago

Because he knows he’s magnificent!

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#35

My Mom, A Veterinarian, Just Sent Me A Picture Of One Of Her New Patients

My Mom, A Veterinarian, Just Sent Me A Picture Of One Of Her New Patients

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Cecilia Herrera
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3 months ago

Sleeping Beauty.

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#36

Doctor Doggo

Doctor Doggo

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Raven Sheridan
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3 months ago

Someone's been naughty.

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#37

This Handsome Special Needs Kitten Is Now In Foster Care

This Handsome Special Needs Kitten Is Now In Foster Care

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Cecilia Herrera
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3 months ago

Bless you, whoever took in this sweet fellow.

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#38

Working At A Vet Clinic Has Its Perks - Like This Pocket Full Of Cuteness

Working At A Vet Clinic Has Its Perks - Like This Pocket Full Of Cuteness

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Cecilia Herrera
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3 months ago

We all need a, "Bring your kitty to work day."

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#39

I'm A Vet. I Love My Profession

I'm A Vet. I Love My Profession

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Hannah Edwards
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3 months ago

I want a job where I get to carry kittens around in my pockets

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#40

Today Is The 8 Year Anniversary Of What Was Definitely My Most Interesting Shift As A Veterinary Receptionist

Today Is The 8 Year Anniversary Of What Was Definitely My Most Interesting Shift As A Veterinary Receptionist

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SentimentAndBadJokes
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3 months ago

So jealous!!! What an amazing opportunity!

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#41

Our Australian Shepherd Puppy Slept Through His First Vet Visit, Even Shots And When Being Held Up For A Physical Exam

Our Australian Shepherd Puppy Slept Through His First Vet Visit, Even Shots And When Being Held Up For A Physical Exam

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Judy Steelman
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3 months ago

Well. No resistance from that one.

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#42

This Little One Rolled Into My Father-In-Law's Veterinary Clinic This Week

This Little One Rolled Into My Father-In-Law's Veterinary Clinic This Week

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Dorothy Parker
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3 months ago

I hope it's not a house pet. These things never end well.

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#43

Created An Account To Share This, GF Had This Little Fella In The Vet Clinic She Works At Today

Created An Account To Share This, GF Had This Little Fella In The Vet Clinic She Works At Today

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Robert T
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3 months ago

I'll just leveret this one here.

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#44

I Love My Job. Meet Norman

I Love My Job. Meet Norman

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SentimentAndBadJokes
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3 months ago

Nice to meet you Norman!!

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#45

My Sister In Law Is A Vet Tech. This Is At Her House. This Kind Of Stuff Happens To Her All The Time. She's The Female Ace Ventura

My Sister In Law Is A Vet Tech. This Is At Her House. This Kind Of Stuff Happens To Her All The Time. She's The Female Ace Ventura

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Dorothy Parker
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3 months ago

She's really Snow White.

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#46

Golden Boye Has A Crush On His Vet. Can’t Wait For Her To Come Back

Golden Boye Has A Crush On His Vet. Can’t Wait For Her To Come Back

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Jjjane20
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3 months ago

♥️

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#47

A Teeny Weeny Shoulder Kitten (Another Reason To Love My Job)

A Teeny Weeny Shoulder Kitten (Another Reason To Love My Job)

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Cecilia Herrera
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3 months ago

Shoulder kitties. We could all use a shoulder kitty or two at work.

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#48

My Dog Kissing Her Vet While He's Taking Her Blood Pressure

My Dog Kissing Her Vet While He's Taking Her Blood Pressure

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SentimentAndBadJokes
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3 months ago

What a gorgeous puppy!!

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#49

We Have To Hold Off The Jugular Vein After Drawing Blood, But This Sweet Old Girl Thought I Was Just There For The Hugs. This Is Why I Love My Job

We Have To Hold Off The Jugular Vein After Drawing Blood, But This Sweet Old Girl Thought I Was Just There For The Hugs. This Is Why I Love My Job

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SentimentAndBadJokes
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3 months ago

What do you mean you weren't???

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#50

Reception Has Been Turned Into Reese-Eption Ever Since Our Doctors New Puppy Reese Came To Take Over

Reception Has Been Turned Into Reese-Eption Ever Since Our Doctors New Puppy Reese Came To Take Over

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Abhinc
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3 months ago

no matter how mad or disappointed or infuriated i could be i would never ask to talk to the manager with such a cute Reese-eptionnist !!!

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