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February 22, 2013

For vacationing veterinarians, animals are the main attraction

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Once a year, we had a chance to travel to another veterinary school for a student convention in March. Our sophomore year, a dozen of us rented a van and drove to Michigan for the convention. I will never forget how open the road seemed, how brilliant blue the sky was and how great it was to be traveling out of the city with fellow vet school classmates who had so much in common. When we arrived in Lansing, Mich., the air was crisp and the horizon stretched far into the distance with a fresh snow gleaming in the sun. A professor who hosted us in his home welcomed us. We toured the vet school, went to lectures and met vet students from all over the country. What I remember most about the trip is someone suggested we all go to the zoo. All 12 of us gave this idea thumbs-up and off we went. For veterinary students, it was an affordable safari and a great and memorable one at that.

I posted a couple of pictures of the Sedona dog park scene on my Facebook page. My classmate from vet school, now a boarded veterinary cardiologist, liked it on Facebook. George had been on our student trip to Michigan. He knew exactly what veterinarians do on vacation, and he thoroughly approved.

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Dr. Elizabeth Bradt is a 1986 graduate of Tufts University Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine and is the owner of All Creatures Veterinary Hospital in Salem (www.creaturehealth.com). She is a member of the American Society of Veterinary Journalists. Email your pet questions to docliz@creaturehealth.com. Please title your email “Vet Connection.”

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