Meet Dr. Jennifer Stock
warning: some images may contain squeamish contect. viewer discretion is advised.
Jen is the resident vet at TEARS Animal Rescue. TEARS gives the public a glimpse into the life of a welfare vet by posting an Instagram feed of the daily highs and lows of their lovely resident veterinarian. We reached out to this miracle worker to get some insight into the person behind all those fascinating (and sometimes scary) pics..
How would you describe what you do?
“animal doctor” usually works;)
Constantly challenging, almost always rewarding. Humbling. Very dynamic in terms of personal development – you need people skills, management skills , surgical skills, organizational skills, diagnostic work up skills , clinical skills, research skills there’s always more to learn and you have the freedom to pursue different aspects of the profession that interests you.
What does your work entail?
Being responsible from top to bottom for the wellbeing of your patients. Whether that involves complicated surgeries, medical work ups, administering medications or simply making sure they have clean bedding, food and water… at the end of the day every aspect of their wellbeing is your responsibility . Client communication and education also becomes a big part of the job.
Why did you choose to become a vet?
Simply put – I love animals. I was very close to my dogs when I grew up and still am. They are a part of our family and go everywhere with us. One day when I was about 8-years-old, our vet saved my dog’s life and I just thought, Wow! I want to be able to do that – save a life and also save that really amazing relationship between a pet and their guardian.
What do you like about what you do?
I genuinely love working with animals. It can be depressing as we mostly see sick animals but its hugely rewarding seeing them turn around and recover. Also puppies. I love puppies.
What do you dislike?
Clipping nails and expressing anal glands. Obviously.
Delivering bad news is a difficult part of the job. Seeing animals suffering takes its toll, some we can help but a lot we can’t and that’s not easy to let go of. So emotionally it can be very draining.