Top Veterinarian: Dr. Lee Zeplin
Nov. 13, 2012 at 5:13 a.m.
Why did you become a veterinarian?
As for most veterinarians, a love of animals was part of the reason, but a true fascination with medicine and science was the other part.
I always excelled in the sciences in school, so becoming a veterinarian was the perfect way to combine my interests.
How long have you been working with animals?
I've been a practicing small animal veterinarian for 16 1/2 years, but my animal care experience actually started on our family farm. Our family not only had dogs and cats, but also cattle, goats, pigs, horses, chickens and other fowl. Providing for their basic needs, treating minor injuries and bottle feeding the occasional baby goat or calf was part of my life from a young age.
What is the best part of your job?
Forming relationships with pets and their owners, helping animals heal and alleviating their pain, working with staff who care as much as I do and being constantly challenged (there is always something you haven't seen).
What has been your most memorable experience as an animal doctor?
It is impossible for me to pick one memorable experience. Every pet that has recovered from a serious illness or injury is memorable. Every pet that has defied all odds and survived when they "shouldn't" is memorable.
What's the most exotic animal you've worked on?
While at Texas A&M, one of my favorite cases was "Petey," a cougar that ate some rope and part of a blanket, requiring surgery to remove those from the intestine.
What are three things that you could not live without?
- My family and friends
- My iPhone
- Regular exercise (best stress reliever there is)