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World Veterinary Day: What You Need To Know About Vets

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World Veterinary Day: What You Need To Know About Vets by Layla Morgan Wilde

World Veterinary Day is celebrated on the last Saturday of April each year. This day is dedicated to recognizing the important role that veterinarians play in protecting the health and wellbeing of animals, as well as their contributions to public health. This year, World Veterinary Day falls on April 29th, 2023 and the World Veterinary Association’s theme this year is diversity and inclusion.

In honor of World Veterinary Day and the many vets I’ve known over the years, I’d like to share some tips and thoughts about the importance of veterinary care and the role pet owners play to keep their furry friends healthy. I’ve never thought about it until learned about this year’s theme but my vets have been incredibly diverse. Black, brown, gay, Jewish or Muslim, to me they have all been simply animal lovers.

So here’s a tribute to our vet

Whose skills we will never forget

For keeping Odin in tip-top shape

And making sure his life is great


Odin has had many vets since kittenhood. Can you imagine it’s been 12 years since this blog started and he’s grown into a healthy geriatric boy.



I’m a huge fan of wellness visits: regular veterinary check-ups before any acute illness or symptoms appear. Just like with humans, prevention is key. Regular checkups allow pet owners to stay on top of or catch any potential health issues early on. With everything Googleable online, it’s tempting to self-diagnose but it can be dangerous. Only a trained professional can make an accurate diagnosis.

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It’s easy to forget cats age differently than humans. Cats become seniors @ age 7 and need more care. How To Tell Your Cat’s Age in Human Years


In addition to regular checkups and vaccinations, there are several other things pet owners can do. This goes for cat and dog parent’s too!

  1. Keep your pet at a healthy weight. Obesity can lead to a variety of health problems in pets, including diabetes, joint pain, and heart disease. Make sure your pet is getting enough exercise and is on a healthy diet.
  2. Practice good dental hygiene. Dental problems can be a major source of pain for pets and can also lead to other health problems. Brush your pet’s teeth regularly and consider providing dental chews or toys. More dental tips
  3. Be mindful of your pet’s mental health. Just like humans, pets can experience stress and anxiety. Make sure your pet has plenty of opportunities for exercise and playtime, and consider seeking professional help if you notice any signs of anxiety or depression.

Provide plenty of love and affection. Pets thrive on love and attention, so make sure to give your furry friend plenty of snuggles and playtime.

Finding a good veterinarian

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Like any profession, there are good practitioners, extraordinary ones and not so good ones. I’ve known all kinds and I’m partial to a feline-only vet. After we moved and during the pandemic, I found curb-side service difficult and opted to see another vet nearby for the convenience. In multiple cat households, you may have more than one vet plus a specialist as needed. Moving house usually means having to find a new vet. During a busy time of packing, moving and settling in, it’s easy to forget to find a new vet. Don’t wait until there is an emergency.

As a cat owner, finding a good veterinarian is crucial for maintaining your cat’s health and wellbeing. However, the process of finding the right veterinarian can be overwhelming, and it’s important to know what to look for in a veterinary practice. Finding a good veterinarian for your cat is the first step but just as important is how to maintain a good relationship with them, and how to be a good client.

When searching for a veterinarian, there are several factors to consider:

  • Recommendations: Start by asking friends, family, or neighbors for recommendations. You can also check online reviews or ask for recommendations from local cat rescue organizations. Drop in to a clinic to get a feel of the practice. How clean, busy, noisy and friendly is it.
  • Location: Look for a veterinary practice that is conveniently located and easily accessible in case of emergencies.
  • Services: Make sure the veterinary practice offers the services your cat may need, such as routine checkups, vaccinations, dental care, and surgical procedures.
  • Staff: Choose a practice with knowledgeable and compassionate staff who are experienced in working with cats.
  • Pricing: Check the veterinary practice pricing and policies, such as payment options, insurance, and emergency fees.


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Veterinary Specialists

Veterinary medicine is a vast field with many specialized areas of expertise. While all veterinarians receive general training, some choose to undergo additional education and training in a particular area of focus. If you have concerns about your pet’s health, talk to your veterinarian about whether a veterinary specialist may be appropriate for your pet’s needs.

Needless to say, the focus of this post is about cats. There are vets who focus on exotic pets, reptiles, aquatic and fish, birds, rabbits, hamsters and pocket pets. In rural areas, vets are generalists but some focus on livestock and equine specialists focus of horses of all kinds including thoroughbred race horses.

Some areas of Veterinary specialities include:
  1. Veterinary Surgeons: Veterinary surgeons are trained to perform surgical procedures on animals. They may specialize in a particular area of surgery, such as orthopedic surgery, soft tissue surgery, or neurosurgery. Veterinary surgeons may perform routine procedures, such as spaying and neutering, or more complex surgeries to repair injuries or treat medical conditions.
  2. Veterinary Internal Medicine Specialists: Veterinary internal medicine specialists focus on the diagnosis and treatment of diseases and conditions that affect a pet’s internal organs, such as the heart, liver, and kidneys. These specialists may perform complex diagnostic tests, such as ultrasounds and endoscopies, and develop treatment plans to manage chronic conditions like diabetes or kidney disease.
  3. Veterinary Oncologists: Veterinary oncologists specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer in animals. They may use a variety of treatment modalities, such as chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and surgery, to manage cancer and improve the quality of life for pets with this condition.
  4. Veterinary Neurologists:Veterinary neurologists specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of conditions that affect the nervous system, including the brain, spinal cord, and nerves. These specialists may diagnose and treat conditions such as seizures, spinal cord injuries, and degenerative neurological disorders.
  5. Veterinary Dermatologists:Veterinary dermatologists specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of skin conditions in animals. They may diagnose and treat conditions such as allergies, skin infections, and autoimmune disorders that affect the skin and coat.
  6. Veterinary Ophthalmologists: Veterinary ophthalmologists specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of eye conditions in animals. They may diagnose and treat conditions such as cataracts, glaucoma, and corneal ulcers.
  7. Veterinary Dentists: Veterinary dentists specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of dental conditions in animals. They may perform routine cleanings and dental procedures or treat complex dental conditions such as periodontal disease.
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Visit to the late, great veterinary dental specialist, Dr. Thoulton Surgeon (Yes, his real name).

Maintaining a good relationship with your vet

Once you’ve found a good veterinarian, it’s important to maintain a good relationship with them. Here are some tips:

  • Communication: Keep an open line of communication with your veterinarian. Ask questions, share any concerns you have about your cat’s health, and keep them informed of any changes in your cat’s behavior or appetite. Don’t be afraid to ask for a second opinion with treatment options in extreme cases.
  • Follow-up: Follow your veterinarian’s recommendations for follow-up appointments, treatments, and medications.
  • Trust: Build trust with your veterinarian by being honest and transparent about your cat’s health history, diet, and lifestyle.
  • Respect: Respect your veterinarian’s time and expertise. Arrive on time for appointments, be patient during busy periods, and listen to their advice and recommendations.

Be a good client

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As a client, there are also some things you can do to be a good client and make your veterinarian’s job easier:

Take Your Cat To The Vet With More Purrs Less Hisses

If a mobile vet or home vet visits are an option where you live, I highly recommend it for nervous or aggressive cats.

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  • Come prepared: Bring your cat’s medical records, vaccination history, and any medications they are taking to every appointment. Use a proper cat carrier. Let the vet know if you have an aggressive “monster client”.
  • Cleanliness: Keep your cat clean and groomed, especially if they are going to the veterinary practice for an exam or procedure.
  • Payment: Be prepared to pay for services rendered and respect the veterinary practice’s payment policies.
  • Feedback: Provide feedback to your veterinarian or their staff about your experience, both positive and negative, so they can continue to improve their services.
  • Be kind, patient and respectful. It’s easy to lose your temper in stressful situations but working in a vet clinic can be stressful too. Call the staff by their names. Cats pick up on emotions so staying calm benefits everyone. Send a holiday card or note of appreciation.


Odin is not the best vet patient but far from the worst.

Whenever Odin has a health scare,

His vet is always there to care,

With a healing touch,

And knowledge as such,

Odin’s vet is beyond compare.

Odin cat vet visit carrier

Here’s are two poem of appreciation for a veterinarian. Share them with yours if you like.

To my cat’s veterinarian,

I must confess

You are a true lifesaver, nothing less

My feline friend, with his curious ways

Is always in good hands, thanks to your grace

You listen with patience to all my worries

And never make me feel like I’m in a hurry

You examine him with care, and always explain

The diagnosis, the treatments, and what to expect if there is pain

Your expertise is evident in every detail

From vaccinations to surgeries, you never fail

To provide the best care possible for my cat

And I am grateful for that

So here’s a heartfelt thank you from me

For being the best veterinarian, you can be

You are a true hero, in every sense

And I appreciate all your hard work,

with immense reverence

For the love and care you provide

To my feline friend, by your side

Thank you for being the one

Who keeps him healthy, and his life full of fun.


In the heart of every feline friend

Lies a bond that shall never end

For their health and wellness we do tend

To the one who makes their ailments mend

The veterinarian, a healer so divine

Whose hands bring ease and comfort feline

With every touch, a spark of light

Illuminates the soul, so pure and bright

Their knowledge, a treasure beyond compare

Their compassion, a love in every lair

For the joy they bring, we must declare

Our gratitude, with love and care

For they are the ones who heal our cats

With skills and grace that go beyond mere acts

And we are forever in their debt

For the love and care they never forget

So here’s to the veterinarian, our friend

Whose love and care never end.


So this World Veterinary Day, take a moment to appreciate the important work that veterinarians do to keep our furry friends healthy and happy. And remember, by following these tips and working closely with your veterinarian, you can help ensure your cat’s wellbeing. Remember HEALTHY CAT =HAPPY CAT = HAPPY LIFE.

I’d love to know in the comments if you have a good vet that you love or not.

xo, Layla and Odin who usually loves his vet.


  • Meezer'sMews&TerrieristicalWoofs

    I had to leave our original vett practise after the older vet retired and his second in command went to only doing surgeries….I did not meld well with thhe newer vet who seemed to have the attitude that I knew nothing about my pets…and she disdained some of my ideas as bunk…no discussion. Time to leave!

    Now we have a single vet practise that does do both kitties and pups, but he is very knowledgable about cats, having his own rescue shelter as part of his home…His home, the vet office and the shelter are all on the same property.

    I dread the day he’s going to tell me he’s retiring… A great article/post! Love your poetry!

    • Layla Morgan Wilde

      Thanks so much. I wondered if anyone would like the poetry. I hope your vet doesn’t retire for a long time!

  • Andrea

    Really thorough post, Layla. Very informative and in depth. One thing I would add is that if you are looking for a specialist, be sure they are board certified. Many will say “area of interest.” That just means they’ve done a lot of reading on the subject. But if they are board certified, you know they’ve had the extra study and experience.

    I used to recommend clients take a tour of the facility before choosing that veterinarian, but I’ve not been successful in trying to do that.

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