As the new year begins, I am caught contemplating what it will mean for us as we continue to serve you, our clients and patients.  During the past decade my tiny one woman business has grown to a dedicated team which is very passionate about helping pets live their best lives right up until their final days.  I am so lucky to be surrounded by this team on a daily basis, they are all amazing people who truly care about people and animals alike.  All of us have all been working hard to improve our knowledge base and skills through continuing education courses and certifications in order to serve you better.  

My goal has always been to assist you in providing the very best care for your pets.  This year, I hope to be able to do that through an extension of our hours and services.  We have added an additional evening for appointments and in the coming months we hope to have our new tele-health service up and running so that we can help you provide the care your pets deserve, even if we can not make it to you right away.  

Personal and professional growth is very important to me.  Without continual learning and an open-mind we can not reach our true potential.  During recent years, I have been introduced to veterinary palliative medicine and it has become very important to me to assist clients and patients trough these final stages of their journey together.  It is my belief that we have a long way to go in educating people about the benefits of palliative medicine, so as we move forward into the coming decade I resolve to look for as many opportunities to educate as I can.  I will continue to write in this blog but I also welcome opportunities to speak on veterinary palliative medicine to pet lovers and veterinarians alike.  Palliative care has made a huge difference in the lives of many of our clients and patients and my goal is to ensure that everyone who feels the need for this service knows that it exits.  

I’d love to hear what resolutions you have made for the coming year or even decade.  Do any of them involve animals?  Please let us know in the comments.  

Author: Dr. Janet Henderson, Palliative Care Veterinarian