If you’re an animal lover, chances are you’re a fan of veterinarians too. They keep our pets happy and healthy, and they are our go-to resources when little Spot swallows something she shouldn’t have or Pickles comes home limping on a hurt paw. And while being a vet can be incredibly stressful and challenging, it can also, thankfully, be extremely rewarding.

Below, you'll find some of the most adorable, hilarious and wholesome moments vets have experienced in their clinics that might make you wish you had chosen a career in animal health care, as well as an interview we were lucky enough to receive from Dr. Julie Cappel, the Veterinary Life Coach. Be sure to upvote the pics you find particularly heartwarming, and feel free to share any personal stories in the comments if you are a vet or have ever worked in a veterinarian office. Then, if you’re interested in checking out another Bored Panda article celebrating all of the precious patients vets get to see every day, look no further than right here.

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This Swan Hugging The Vet Who Saved Its Life

This Swan Hugging The Vet Who Saved Its Life

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Auntriarch
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3 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Goodness me, that's not something you'd expect from a cobra chicken

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This Veterinarian Has A Comfort-Dog Assistant That Helps Sick Patients Know That Everything Will Be Alright

This Veterinarian Has A Comfort-Dog Assistant That Helps Sick Patients Know That Everything Will Be Alright

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Chris Hooley
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3 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I'm fascinated by the technology that causes onion-fumes to be released from my phone when I look at pics like this.

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Young Koala Came To Us With Dog Fight Wounds And I Noticed She Had A Lactating Nipple. It Took A Full Day, But We Were Able To Find And Reunite Her With Her Baby

Young Koala Came To Us With Dog Fight Wounds And I Noticed She Had A Lactating Nipple. It Took A Full Day, But We Were Able To Find And Reunite Her With Her Baby

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To learn more about what it's really like to be a veterinarian, we reached out to Dr. Julie Cappel, or the Veterinary Life Coach. When it comes to what Dr. Cappel loves most about being a vet, she told Bored Panda that it's the variety of tasks and challenges that she faces every day. "The people may be lovely or terrible, but in all cases they love their pets like family, and that makes our job so rewarding," she shared. "We get to serve the pet owning public in a way that is unmatched in any other profession. The relationship that we form with the pets and their families lasts a lifetime and we share the highs and the lowest lows. Veterinarians are unique and wonderful."

We were also curious if Dr. Cappel has any favorite patients or any particularly fond memories with them. "I love all of my patients - except the ones that try to bite me," she says. "In particular, I love the parrots because they interact in unique ways - they can talk. So sometimes they say funny things or just act out when they hear my voice. One of my parrot patients says, 'I'm scared' when I walk into the room with her. Another says, 'Pet the birdie! Don't eat the birdie'. I also am very fond of all the puppies and kittens. They always bring excitement to our hospital day because they are so cute and happy, and we get to watch them grow up and capture their families' hearts."

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Another Vet Checkup. Another Instance Of Scared Big Boy With His Support Animal

Another Vet Checkup. Another Instance Of Scared Big Boy With His Support Animal

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Doug Has His Own Sign And It's Almost The Best Part. He Was So Quiet I Didn't Notice Him At First

Doug Has His Own Sign And It's Almost The Best Part. He Was So Quiet I Didn't Notice Him At First

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We also asked Dr. Cappel if she could share any funny stories from working in her clinic. "There are so many," she told Bored Panda. "I had a client show me her knee surgery scar by dropping her pants in the waiting room. I had a gentleman come in with pet sugar gliders that he released in the room and they were jumping and gliding all over our heads, in and out of our pockets, terrorizing the veterinary technician. There have been many pets left on our doorstep over the years, some with notes attached asking us to find them a home."

We then asked Dr. Cappel what she thinks the most important qualities of a wonderful vet are. "I think all veterinarians are great and uniquely special," she shared. "It takes a special kind of person to take on the responsibilities that veterinary medicine brings and also keep their sense of humor and curiosity."

#7

Cheesecake Goes To The Vet

Cheesecake Goes To The Vet

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waddles
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3 months ago (edited) Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

cheesecake is FANTASTICALLY bulbous

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#8

My Girlfriend Is A Veterinarian. This Is How I Found Her Today After Last Night's Overnight Shift

My Girlfriend Is A Veterinarian. This Is How I Found Her Today After Last Night's Overnight Shift

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Minath
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3 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Sofa sleeping with pets does wonders for the soul. I highly recommend it.

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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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"There is so much pressure put on us from the pet owning public, and our pay scale is much below that of our human medical counterparts," Dr. Cappel added. "We also are experiencing a severe shortage of veterinarians and technicians, which adds to the daily pressure and subtracts from our work/life balance. In order to be an excellent and healthy veterinarian, someone has to have a solid appreciation for themselves and have the ability to set boundaries in order to not allow the 'negative' clients bring them down. Veterinarians also need to design a life outside of veterinary medicine that includes strong family and friends, and mental health support."

#10

My Boy Got Neutered Yesterday. The Vet Office Took A Photo For Me After He Woke Up

My Boy Got Neutered Yesterday. The Vet Office Took A Photo For Me After He Woke Up

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First Vet Visit. Tony Was Purring So Loudly The Vet Had To Cover His Nose To Hear His Heart

First Vet Visit. Tony Was Purring So Loudly The Vet Had To Cover His Nose To Hear His Heart

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#12

This Scaredy Cat

This Scaredy Cat

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Kirsten Kerkhof
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3 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

"I'm not here if I cannot see where I am!"

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"Veterinarians are incredible people, doing a very difficult job," Dr. Cappel added. "I would love for people to realize how the profession is struggling, so that they can appreciate what veterinarians do for them. Veterinarians are not only involved in caring for pets, but they care for farm animals, service animals, provide for healthy food production, and give emotional support to the pet owning public."

If you would like to learn more about what it's like to be a vet or hear more words of wisdom from Dr. Julie Cappel, be sure to check out her website, the Veterinary Life Coach, right here.

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Ron Came To The Vet's Clinic As A Stray. After A Few Weeks He Started Making Rounds To See Patients And Would Sit Next To Any Pet While They Were Asleep, Offering Comfort

Ron Came To The Vet's Clinic As A Stray. After A Few Weeks He Started Making Rounds To See Patients And Would Sit Next To Any Pet While They Were Asleep, Offering Comfort

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Maria
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3 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

If my dog met a cat at the vets, it would not help her calm down!

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This Adorable Kitty Was Brought To The Vet By A Rescue For A Checkup

This Adorable Kitty Was Brought To The Vet By A Rescue For A Checkup

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My Sister Is A Vet Tech And Took My Dog With Her To Work, I Asked Her How He Was Doing And She Sent Me This

My Sister Is A Vet Tech And Took My Dog With Her To Work, I Asked Her How He Was Doing And She Sent Me This

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As Dr. Cappel noted, being a veterinarian is not easy. Just becoming one in the first place is often a long and arduous process. In the United States, for example, there are only 32 veterinary schools, and within each program, there are a limited number of spots available. Applicants have to compete against aspiring vets from all over the country to be accepted into these extremely competitive programs, and once they’ve been admitted, the challenges have just begun.

Similar to medical school, veterinary school requires a vast knowledge of math and science, but many people agree that veterinary school is even harder than medical school. Not because the work is less strenuous in medical school, both paths are comparable, but vet schools are even more selective and competitive than medical schools. And for vets who aim to earn a bachelor’s degree before applying for veterinary school, it takes about eight years to complete their education. This career path is certainly not for the faint of heart.

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A Patient Of Mine With A Heart On Its Nose

A Patient Of Mine With A Heart On Its Nose

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#17

A Very Smol Checkup

A Very Smol Checkup

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waddles
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3 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

i patted the SCREEN in a desperate attempt to rub the tummy

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#18

This Made Our Day

This Made Our Day

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3 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I can confirm they’re gone.

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Because it is so difficult to become a veterinarian in the first place, it’s only fair that the job comes along with excellent perks. Vets often get to treat some of the most adorable patients you could ever imagine, as this list shows us. But there are plenty of other benefits to being a vet, as St. George’s University breaks down on their blog. For example, vets can have as much variety as they want in their daily routines. “Veterinarians don’t have to choose a specialty,” Dr. Lori Pasternak, co-founder of Helping Hands Affordable Veterinary Surgery & Dental Care, told St. George’s University. “Every day we get to be dermatologists, cardiologists, surgeons, internists, neurologists, ophthalmologists, and more.”

They can also work with a wide array of species if that interests them too. “I work with more than 4,000 animals of 500 different species in my day-to-day practice, which is incredibly exciting and fulfilling,” says Dr. Allison Tuttle, Diplomate of the American College of Zoological Medicine and Vice President of Biological Programs at Mystic Aquarium.

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I Work At A Vet's Clinic, And This Baby Was Surrendered By Owner. I’m Now The Owner Of This Cutie

I Work At A Vet's Clinic, And This Baby Was Surrendered By Owner. I’m Now The Owner Of This Cutie

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#20

My Wife Is A Veterinarian And I Think This Owl Is Plotting To End Her

My Wife Is A Veterinarian And I Think This Owl Is Plotting To End Her

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The Clinic Cat Got A Shirt, And He Won't Let Anyone Take It Off

The Clinic Cat Got A Shirt, And He Won't Let Anyone Take It Off

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Being a veterinarian also provides pretty great job security. We all want the best care for our furry, scaly and feathery friends, so when they need medical attention, we want to find the most skilled and most reliable professionals. “As animal care standards continually increase, there is an additional need for veterinarians,” Dr. Tuttle says. And according to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of veterinarians in the nation is expected to increase by 18% through 2026. This is great news for our pets as well. The more accessible veterinary care is, the better chance they have of making it through their next injury or illness that might have previously been a death sentence. 

#23

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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This Sweet 10-Month-Old Girl Came In Friday With A Snake Bite. She Stayed This Happy The Entire Time Even Though It Was Very Painful For Her

This Sweet 10-Month-Old Girl Came In Friday With A Snake Bite. She Stayed This Happy The Entire Time Even Though It Was Very Painful For Her

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Many vets also note how rewarding they find their careers. They are making a real difference in the lives of so many animals and humans, as most pet owners would be completely lost without their beloved animal babies. Lots of vets treat more than just pets though. Wildlife can often benefit from great veterinarians as well, as conservation is at the forefront of many vets' personal priorities. “With a mission to inspire people to care for and protect our ocean planet through conservation, education, and research, Mystic Aquarium is in line with my personal passions and philosophies,” Dr. Tuttle says.

#25

A Vet In Catstantinople, Turkey

A Vet In Catstantinople, Turkey

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Kirsten Kerkhof
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3 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

"That's right, hooman, I was a VERY good kitten today! Now write it down or be sure to check your shoes for surprises for the rest of your life."

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The Vet Is Very Familiar With My Boxer. They Know He's Good Natured, So They Decided To Put A Cap On Him. They Sent Me This Picture

The Vet Is Very Familiar With My Boxer. They Know He's Good Natured, So They Decided To Put A Cap On Him. They Sent Me This Picture

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#27

Always A Pleasure To Take Care Of Kenya

Always A Pleasure To Take Care Of Kenya

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We hope you’re enjoying this list of wholesome and adorable moments from veterinarian clinics. We know your pets might not be thrilled the next time they have to visit the vet, but you can rest assured knowing that they are in loving, capable hands. Keep upvoting the pics that make you wish you had become a vet, and feel free to share any of your personal stories from working in or even just visiting vet clinics down below. Then if you’d like to check out our last article on the same topic, you can find more adorable pics of vets with their patients right here

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One Of My Favorite Parts Of Being A Vet Tech Is Getting To Hold Hands With The Kittens

One Of My Favorite Parts Of Being A Vet Tech Is Getting To Hold Hands With The Kittens

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#29

My Dog Insisted On Keeping His Face Like This At The Vet. Was Mildly Sedated

My Dog Insisted On Keeping His Face Like This At The Vet. Was Mildly Sedated

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#30

Vet Had To Shave My Little Man's Legs And Ended Up Giving Him Boots With The Fur

Vet Had To Shave My Little Man's Legs And Ended Up Giving Him Boots With The Fur

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#31

Hammie Going For Checkup

Hammie Going For Checkup

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waddles
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3 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

who are we!? TINY HAMSTERS! WHAT DO WE WANT?!? TEENY STETHOSCOPES!!

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Benjen Was Mean To The Vet, So They Suggested We Get Him Used To Being Swaddled. Now He's A Purrito

Benjen Was Mean To The Vet, So They Suggested We Get Him Used To Being Swaddled. Now He's A Purrito

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3 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Purrito? I don't see this picture and think 'purr' anything. Right now, he's looking at the vet and thinking 'Imma smash you up so bad'

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The Vet Called And Asked If They Could Use A Picture Of Our Cat For Marketing Purposes While He Was In For Dental Surgery. I Said Sure. Then They Sent The Picture

The Vet Called And Asked If They Could Use A Picture Of Our Cat For Marketing Purposes While He Was In For Dental Surgery. I Said Sure. Then They Sent The Picture

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#35

Occasionally We Do Get To Play With Puppies

Occasionally We Do Get To Play With Puppies

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Bird Getting X-Ray And Being Held By Its Feathers

Bird Getting X-Ray And Being Held By Its Feathers

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Jan Eivroc
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3 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I thought of some tantric yoga pose watching this hahaha

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I See The Dogs And Cats In The Corners Of The Vet, And I Raise Our Cat, Yam. He Escapes Through The Trash Hole

I See The Dogs And Cats In The Corners Of The Vet, And I Raise Our Cat, Yam. He Escapes Through The Trash Hole

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#38

My Aunt's Dog Got A Little Nervous During His Annual Checkup

My Aunt's Dog Got A Little Nervous During His Annual Checkup

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#40

World's Cutest Patient

World's Cutest Patient

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A Veterinarian Helped A 12-Week-Old Parrot To Take A Flight Again After A "Severe Wing Trim" Left It Unable To Fly

A Veterinarian Helped A 12-Week-Old Parrot To Take A Flight Again After A "Severe Wing Trim" Left It Unable To Fly

The vet, named Catherine Apuli, made it happen by giving the bird a new pair of wing tips made from donated feathers.

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AJay
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3 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

TIL that birds donating feathers is a thing!

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While Waiting At A Bus Stop, A Bird Crashed Into A Nearby Window And Broke Its Wing. Thankfully, It Was A Veterinarian's Office

While Waiting At A Bus Stop, A Bird Crashed Into A Nearby Window And Broke Its Wing. Thankfully, It Was A Veterinarian's Office

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Cat Didn't Eat For 3 Days, Went To The Vet Where They Did An Ultrasound Only To Find A Belly Full Of The Neighbor's Cat's Food

Cat Didn't Eat For 3 Days, Went To The Vet Where They Did An Ultrasound Only To Find A Belly Full Of The Neighbor's Cat's Food

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Hedgehog Getting An X-Ray

Hedgehog Getting An X-Ray

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#45

My Aunt Works For A Vet And This Guy Was Booked In For A Check Up

My Aunt Works For A Vet And This Guy Was Booked In For A Check Up

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The Big Dipper ⭐️
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3 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

“Well hi there, neighbor! Now I was just wondering if I could borrow an egg or two?”

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#46

Cheddar Was Drugged Up At The Vet The Other Day

Cheddar Was Drugged Up At The Vet The Other Day

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#48

This Is How Vets Listen To Your Heart When You Weigh Five Grams

This Is How Vets Listen To Your Heart When You Weigh Five Grams

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#49

My Cat Was Being A Bit Of A Jerk At The Vet Today

My Cat Was Being A Bit Of A Jerk At The Vet Today

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Made My Day

Made My Day

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