This week's spotlight is on Carveldon's Resident Vet, Dr. Zeny. Read on below and learn more about her!
Vets in Practice: What made you decide to be a veterinarian?
Dr. Zeny: When I was a kid, I would feed stray cats outside our house, then we would let them live with us, but I had no idea about veterinarians at that time. A family friend gave my father our first dog; unfortunately, it died, we didn't know the cause of death. Then the same family friend gave us another puppy, but, it died again. Then they gave us another puppy but it also got sick, at which point we decided to bring him to a vet who diagnosed it as parvovirus infection. It died soon after. But I saw and admired how the doctor worked and what he did, taking care of animals that were in a bad way, and imagined myself doing the same. That’s when I decided that I wanted to become a veterinarian.
VIP: What does your work entail?
DZ: Aside from ensuring that our pet patients are well-taken care of, we also teach pet owners how to take good care of their furbabies themselves – from the right food, exercise and hygiene, to helping them understand diseases when their furbabies are sick.
VIP: What is the most difficult part of the job?
DZ: When you have done pretty much everything to help and treat a pet, and they die, then telling the owners the heartbreaking news. You have to be strong in front of them. Another one is figuring out when to say that you’ve done all you can, then having the owners decide that the best thing to do is to humanely put their pet to sleep.
VIP: What do you do in your free time? Any hobbies?
DZ: I get as much sleep as I can… I sometimes cook, read books, watch TV, play with my cats. Hobbies? None at the moment. But I have books for baking, crochet, knitting...I was hoping I'd be able to do all of that someday. Hashtag married life. Hahaha…
VIP: Why did you want to be part of Vets in Practice?
DZ: I joined Vets in Practice simply because I believe that VIP can teach me to become the best veterinarian I can be.
VIP: What advice would you offer someone considering this career?
DZ: Patience and passion. It's not easy being in the companion animal industry, not easy at all.
VIP: What would you be doing if you hadn’t become a veterinarian?
DZ: An IT professional? That was my first course in College. Or a businesswoman or a baker.
VIP: What are your goals/dreams in the future?
DZ: My dream is to become an exotic animal veterinarian, or an oncologist for dogs and cats. I also want to build an adoption center for cats and dogs.