Dear Berkeley Dog and Cat Hospital,
I came for four months and then I stuck around becaused I loved it. Thank you for the amazing 1.5 years of learning and doing, searching and finding, cutting and suturing, panic and calm, comfort and craziness, beginnings and ends, laughter and tears, all within the spirit of teamwork, support of each other, commitment to our patients and our clients and the desire to do no harm. We are colleagues, we became friends, we did it in scrubs, we did it in hiking boots, we even did it in Halloween makeup. We encouraged each other but we weren't afraid to set limits, we upheld and we Resisted. Thank you to the troops on the back and the front lines, the managers and the Customer Service crew, for the kennel team for being vigilant. Thank you to the amazingly dedicated, selfless technicians who day in, night out, are there to care for the beloved creatures that need us. Special thanks to our pharmacy technician Debbie- your attention to detail and your efficiency saves lives. A very special shout out to my personal doctor's assistants, Monica, Corinne and Allison, who have kept me going (both into the correct exam rooms and towards sanity.)
Here's to the outstanding doctors: my bestie at work and at play, Sip; my office roomies, Leah and Tom,( How much smarter we are for constantly asking each other everything!); the Big B for setting the Spirit of BDC; Lady B for being kind, caring and accommodating; Little Wang for being a Big help; Jeff for being my labwork partner in crime; Rebecca for lifting the spirits and laughter; Nancy for being the voice of reason; YL for the Boba escapes; Rob for pulling teeth (not ours!), JJ for joining the crew, Dr. Hark for the constant source of reptile hilarity, Christina for urgently saving all of us and the brave Emergency doctors Moi, Alina, Carla and Rob, who in the line of duty, forgo sleep and daylight to allow the rest of us to go to home and go to bed. Thank you Mark, Dave and Nathan for coming out to us with your expertise, support and humor. Thank you Phillip and Kim for wielding those scalpels so expertly, at all hours. Thank you to PETS and BAVS and all the specialist in the area that have taken our sickest. Thank you to all the pet parents of the east bay who brought us their special friend, and thank you to the many animals who have touched our hearts.
Here's to the California spirit in all of you, thank you for sharing. May we meet again soon, (Let's check the weather forecast and see when Boston is due for its next Nor'easter, you'll know when I'm available to come out to CA.)
Adventurously spirited. Grammatically Dubious. Enthusiastically Sincere.