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Staff

Stringer Animal Hospital North proudly presents its dedicated staff:

Shari, Katie, Kristi, Susan

Shari, Katie, Kristi, Susan

An Interview with Dr. Stringer

Q: What is the oddest thing that ever happened to you at work?

Early in my practice years, when I still did a large animal practice, I delivered a two-headed calf.  In my small animal practice, about the time the movie “Alien” was popular, I was removing an obstruction from a lab’s small intestine.  It turned out to be an old time pacifier that was lodged in a “spring loaded” fashion.  When I made the incision in the intestine, the pacifier jumped out at me.  It gave me quite a jolt, and a good laugh for the whole office.

Q: How did you get this job and how long have you been here?

Basically, I grew up in the business.  My father, Fred Stringer, was a veterinarian and I joined the practice after vet school.  I have been actively practicing now for 26 years.

Q: What do you like most about your job?

Surgery, any kind.  I can actually see and handle cases personally from start to finish.  Usually there are quicker results than with medically managed cases.

Q: What do you find to be the most challenging part of it?

It is always a challenge to diagnose a vague problem in a patient.  An obvious challenge is that my patients can’t tell me what’s bothering them.  I have to rely on the observations of the owner, my observations and diagnostic tests.

Q: Who would you most consider a mentor — either in this job or any other?

My father, Fred Stringer.  My father had me helping him from the time I was big enough to hold a broom and clean a cage.  I grew up wanting to be a veterinarian and was lucky enough to learn a lot from my experiences with my father before, during and after vet school.

Q: What are your hobbies?

Outdoor activities, especially taking my children fishing.

Q: What did you want to be when you were growing up? What happened?

A veterinarian.  My parents gave me their unfailing support, and with hard work, I was able to reach my goal.

Q: Is there anything else you can imagine doing? What would it be?

No. This is my dream job.  All my life I wanted to be just one thing: a veterinarian.

Q: What do you consider your greatest professional achievement?

I really don’t know.  I guess being able to work in a profession where I get to try to help injured or ill pets and their owners. And, of course, starting puppies and kittens on a lifetime of wellness. But I guess I’d really like to think that it is yet to come.

Q: What is your motto?

Two things I learned as a Boy Scout and Eagle Scout:

  1. Be prepared.
  2. Be loyal to your friends and your beliefs.

Q: Summarize how you think one can lead a successful life.

Find what it is that you enjoy doing and try to do it to the best of your ability. Don’t give up when you face challenges.  Spend time having fun with those you love.

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