2001-Wed Sep 20 00:04:27 EDT 2017
Vetstreet. All rights reserved. Powered by Brightspot.
Vetstreet does not provide medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. See Additional Information ›
What do these five vets do when they’re not taking care of your furry critter? Hint: They’re not sitting around watching Animal Planet.
Passion: Training to swim English Channel
Last month, Dr. Brittany King of Cypress, Texas performed orthopedic surgery on a 3-year-old Schnauzer mix who'd been hit by a car. Never mind that the good Samaritan who brought the dog in was a student who didn’t have any money to pay for the procedure — or that the dog had two broken legs. Dr. King doesn’t know the word defeat.
A self-described thrill seeker, Dr. King has completed an Ironman and the Alcatraz Duathlon, as well as climbed Mount Kilimanjaro.
Her next goal: swim the 22-mile English Channel in 55-degree water. And she’s not just doing it for herself — Dr. King is raising money for Banfield Charitable Trust, a nonprofit that works to keep pets and owners in hospice together. “People are capable of so much if they just set the bar high and dream,” she says. “I dream a lot ... and I guess I just want to experience as much as I can in life. Why not?”
Passion: Owner of an upscale restaurant
As a professor of surgery and Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons, Dr. Michael Ross of Chadds Ford, Pa. has operated on numerous elite racehorses, including Da Hoss, a bay thoroughbred gelding who went on to win the Breeders' Cup — twice. “I love the challenge of each surgery and teaching others my craft,” he says. But it wasn’t quite challenging enough.
Like this article? Have a point of view to share? Let us know!
Take our breed quiz to find your next pet.
Bartonella is a type bacteria that can be transmitted to cats, dogs and humans from exposure to infected fleas and…
Want to give your pup yummy, low-calorie treats? We’ve got the skinny on which foods are OK to feed him.
Not sure about food puzzles? Our veterinarian reveals why the payoff for your pet is well worth any extra work.
With these simple dental care tips, you can help keep your canine’s adorable smile shiny and healthy for life.
The friendly and inquisitive LaPerm has an easy-care coat that comes in a variety of colors and patterns.
Check out our collection of more than 250 videos about pet training, animal behavior, dog and cat breeds and more.
Wonder which dog or cat best fits your lifestyle? Our new tool will narrow down more than 300 breeds for you.
If the video doesn't start playing momentarily,
please install the latest version of Flash.
Thank you for subscribing.