As I look back over the celebration that we referred to as “Client Appreciation Day,” my very favorite part was the moonwalk. I don’t think we ever feel too old to jump around in an inflatable “house” that is shaped like a dog. It can actually be a pretty good workout! Combine the inflatable trampoline with beautiful weather, hot dogs with all the “fixins,” door prizes galore, and a group of the best veterinary clients in the world, and you have the makings for a pretty fabulous Saturday afternoon.
In the small animal practice that I have come to call “home,” we celebrated ten years in business and honored the people in our community who have made our practice a success. On this day that we had planned to show our appreciation to our clients and our friends, they instead showed their appreciation by honoring our profession and the care that we provide. As we shared a meal and enjoyed the activities of the day, the veterinarians and staff members shared many stories and a few tears with our friends. We paid tribute to the human-animal bond that guides every step of our journeys as animal caretakers. Our “celebration” was exactly what we had imagined—and a whole lot more.
Veterinarians are community leaders. We are examples of compassion and steadfast dedication to our clients. I left our celebration with a renewed sense of gratitude and responsibility. I am grateful to the friends that I call clients for their trust in my abilities and for their belief in the medical advice that I provide. I also know that I have a responsibility to my clients and their pets to provide them with the best care possible. It is an honor to be a leader in my community, and I cherish the relationships that I have developed. Take the time to “celebrate” with your friends and clients and take time to remember what it means to be a leader in your community. It will be almost as good as five minutes in the moonwalk!