When you think of a stray, the first thing that comes to mind is the smell of urine and feces.
But when it comes to veterinarians, you might be surprised to find out that their homes are also home to a lot of stray animals.
In the past, veterinarians have been forced to work with many animals in need of homes, but in the new millennium, that’s no longer the case.
“Vets are in a much better position now than they’ve ever been,” says Dr. Brian Sudduth, the chief veterinary officer at the University of Washington Veterinary School.
“It’s really difficult to work in a shelter and find your way home to your vet, but there’s really no other choice.”
Sudduth says that the only way that veterinarians are able to make a living as a veterinarian is through donations, and that’s why, as veterinarians become more aware of the importance of their work, they’re investing more in their community outreach efforts.
“We’re really focused on getting veterinarians involved with animal welfare and animal welfare advocacy,” Suddut says.
The Veterinary Hospital and VetCare Program, which Sudduts and his colleagues have been working on since the mid-2000s, provides veterinary clinics for the needy and elderly to care for animals in the community.
Since the program launched in 2015, the number of veterinarians in the U.S. has increased from 6,400 to over 20,000, with more than 25,000 participating in the program.
The program works in partnership with local animal shelters and veterinarians to assist in the placement of animals in animal shelters.
The goal is to ensure that pets are in good homes and that the animals’ well-being is maintained.
It’s a complicated process, but veterinarians believe that the program is one of the most important ways that the shelter system can support the animals they care for.
“The shelter system is very important, because it’s not just about the animals, but the animals are the health of the community,” Sudguth says.
“They are the eyes and ears and ears of the animal.
If the eyes or the ears are compromised, the health is not good for the animal.”
The program also serves as a tool for veterinarians who are experiencing financial difficulties to provide the pets with a second chance.
“Our goal is not to give them a second opportunity, it’s to help them find a way to be financially independent,” Sadduth says, adding that the goal is “to give them the opportunity to go to the vet to be looked after and they’re happy and they can continue on their own and the vets help them out.”
The goal of the Veterinary Hospital is to provide vets with the means to pay for their own veterinary care and the animals.
In the past five years, the program has received more than $1.5 million from local and federal donations, according to Suddsuth.
“That’s a lot to pay to take care of an animal, and they have to be able to get by, and we can provide that for them,” he says.