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Top Veterinarian: Dr. Gerald Boyd

Nov. 13, 2012 at 5:13 a.m.

Dr. Gerald Boyd holds Baby at Lakeway Veterinary Clinic in Edna. Baby is owned by Lisa Gabrysch, who nominated Dr. Boyd as a top veterinarian.

Why did you become a veterinarian?

My father was a vocational agriculture teacher, and three of my uncles were full-time ranchers. I was delivering piglets at 10 and pulling calves by the time I was a teenager. It seemed to me that it would be a way to make a living doing something I enjoyed.

How long have you been working with animals?

I have been a practicing veterinarian for 33 years.

What is the best part of your job?

Knowing that I have correctly diagnosed and treated a patient, then seeing them reunited with their owners.

What has been your most memorable experience as an animal doctor?

After 33 years, there are many. I think cesarean sections are the most memorable because you see life begin. Delivering a calf is also rewarding for the same reason.

What's the most exotic animal you've worked on?

I once repaired a broken leg on a 1-year-old mountain lion with a bone pin. Everything was less complicated after he was asleep.

What are three things that you could not live without?

Family, friends and barbecue.

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