(Prof) Hal F.
The other day I stopped by on a weekday with my 9.5 year old horse crazy grand daughter in tow to see if there might be a chance to introduce her to Crown City??s chief vet Melissa Tyson. Tyson I learned previously grew up with horses and rides whenever she can. The receptionist said she was winding up surgery and would tell her we were there. She came back and said if we could wait, the Dr. would see us. We said fine.
While we waited Heather played with kittens in a large cage in the lobby marked ??Free to a loving family.? She went upstairs to see the parrot and other birds on the 2nd floor. Clients came and went. An elderly man with an aged little dog came in. Both walked with difficulty. The receptionist got them in quickly and when they left, the gentlemen appeared as if he, and not just his dog had been given a new lease on life. An anxious mother and her grown daughter came out of an examining room with their dog in her arms. A vet spoke with them for several minutes in obviously reassuring terms. A tall man came in for a vaccination for an Australian sheep dog he said was rescued from the pound. He was in and out quickly and as he paid his bill he said to the receptionist that it was less than he had expected.
Soon we were escorted back to the surgery. There were cages around the room with recovering animals. They were large and clean and there was an assistant crouching at one of them with her hand on the head of a dog that had been through surger and she was talking to it. Dr. Tyson was busy filling out papers but she took time to ask Heather about her riding and to encourage her. I left with a glimmer of hope that some day, my grand daughter might be a vet like Tyson. My wife and I are in our 60's and have had cats much of our 43 years of married life. We now have five. Its very reassuring to have a vet you can talk to, whose facility you can inspect, and where its very clear the animals are treated humanely and respected as the family members they are.