Top Veterinarian: Dr. Wesley McAda
Nov. 13, 2012 at 5:13 a.m.
Dr. Wesley McAda was nominated by Karen Renger.
About Dr. Wesley McAda
Positions: Veterinarian, owner of the McAda Veterinary Clinic in Hallettsville
Family: Wife, Marilyn, married 30 years. Three children: Adriane, 25, strategic analyst for Deloite; Emily, 20, junior at TAMU, majoring in allied health; and Reagan, 17, senior at Hallettsville High School.
Wesley McAda was chosen as one of GC's top veterinarians for his dedication to carrying on his father's legacy. Karen Renger nominated McAda for his 25 years working with the Renger family pets, including cats, dogs, birds, cattle and a pig. In her letter, she wrote about a time when her cow dog, Cassie, bit McAda and left him to get stitches. She wrote, "Showing no fear, he continued to care for my Cass as lovingly as ever, knowing and respecting the love I had for the ole cow dog!"
Why did you become a veterinarian?
I was very fortunate to have my role model as a veterinarian and father. By example, I saw and emulated a love for animals and a challenge to care for these animals.
How long have you been working with animals?
As a very young child, I began hanging around my father's clinic and fell right in line in learning the trait.
I had the daily chores at home, too, tending to our own animals. By the fourth grade, I was milking our Jersey cow before and after school for many years.
What is the best part of your job?
There is little that I don't love about my job! I never look on it as I have to go to work. I enjoy helping people with their animals.
What has been your most memorable experience as an animal doctor?
This is a tough question because vets see so many crazy things. Once a client brought a cat in that he thought ate his hearing aid. He left it for X-rays, which indeed showed a hearing aid with a hook on it in the intestines. When I called the client to share my findings, he informed me that he found the hearing aid under a chair in the meantime. Turns out the hearing aid in the cat was lost several years earlier and never passed through.
Tell us about the most exotic animal you've worked on?
I once removed the fang teeth of a munjack, which is the world's smallest deer.
What are three things that you could not live without?
- God's grace.
- The freedom we share in America.
- Small town life.