8 Reasons Veterinary Workers Are Some of the Smartest People You'll Ever Meet

Posted by Stacey Venzel
All photos via Stacey Venzel.

Vet medicine has human medicine beat. Here's why.

Intelligence banks on more than just schooling and hands-on training, something vet staff prove every day. Veterinary workers tackle difficult clients and patients with impressive ease learned both inside and outside of the classroom.

Human medicine takes care of Homo sapiens, but the veterinary field handles all the other creatures that fall under the animal kingdom. And based on the drastic pay disparity between human and veterinary medicine, it's clear that a profession in the animal field is backed by an indelible passion, a proven link to intelligence.

Just how smart are those people probing your dog's butt for a temperature? This smart:

1. They're expert spellers.

Diarrhea is one of the most commonly misspelled words in the English language. Vet staff master it daily, along with big unpronounceable words like degenerative myelopathy and hemorrhagic gastroenteritis.

2. They're knowledgeable across multiple fields.

A veterinary clinic is brimming with intelligence spanning multiple disciplines. Eyes? Check. Teeth, dieting, and emergencies? Check, check, check. Vet staff are parasitologists, phlebotomists, dermatologists, dentists, oncologists, cardiologists, nutritionists, EMTs, surgeons, radiologists, and more.


3. They treat more than just one species.

Unlike human medicine, veterinary medicine deals with more than just one animal. Vet staff work with numerous species with vastly different brain functions and body chemistries.

Apart from land-dwelling mammals, their patients are birds, reptiles, and even marine animals.

4. They're great problem-solvers.

Communication can be difficult with patients who don't speak your language, are covered in fur, feathers, or scales, and don't want to be at the doctor's in the first place.

Vets know that peanut butter is an excellent distraction for giving pills to a wriggly or nippy animal. Patting on an animal's head can also distract it enough to sit still for a blood draw.

5. They're fearless.

Fractious cats, aggressive dogs, and even kicking horses are just a day in the life of veterinary staff.

Receptionists, kennel workers, assistants, technicians, and veterinarians all deal with animals that can claw, bite, or kick your face off if they feel scared or provoked.

6. They're incredibly patient.

Uncooperative patients and helicopter pet parents make for a stressful work environment, but veterinary workers are used to the hodgepodge of time-consuming scenarios thrown their way.

And somehow, they manage to handle frustration with compassion.

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7. They have their own lingo.

Medical terminology is a language in itself, but the veterinary field is full of acronyms and shorthand for breeds and other clinical animal words.

For example, German Shepherds are GSDs. FLUTD stands for Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease. BDLD refers to a fight between a Big Dog and Little Dog.

 8. They're empathetic.

Empathy is a proven precursor for intelligence. Vet staff feel for both the owners and the pet. Sometimes they cry along with owners and other times they give extra snuggles to an animal recovering from surgery.

Next time you hear someone complain about the cost of their vet bill, remind them of the intelligence and care behind their pet's care!

And if you like making friends with smart and compassionate people, don't forget about the veterinary workers of the world.

All photos via Stacey Venzel.

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