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Dr. Willie Smith

"I grew up in Fayetteville and my father ran the local FCX farm supply store. As a child, I learned to take care of our farm animals among my other chores at home and at the store. When I was 13 years old my horse Honey O'Mine broke open the door to the feed room and got sick with colic from overeating. It was very tough for me to see her in so much pain and I was amazed at how quickly she was able to get relief when Dr. Garrett arrived on the farm and went to work. I decided that very day that I wanted to become a veterinarian."

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Dr. Eileen Langdon

"While I was in college (late 70s-early 80s) in Kentucky, I was trying to figure out God's plan for me. I felt called to serve. I felt called to serve the ones in our world who seemingly have no voice. The ones who need an advocate. So, for me, that meant kids (a pediatrician) or critters (a veterinarian). Well, critters it was and it has been, and continues to be, an exciting and ongoing adventure!"

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Dr. Rebecca Hansen

"As far back as I can remember I have always wanted to be a veterinarian. Growing up my family only had one dog (a golden retriever named Sandy) and one cat (an orange tabby named Tiger). Of course with time this grew to include a few more cats, some guinea pigs, a rabbit, 3 horses (which we still have today!), and even an iguana and a tarantula (no those were not mine!). Looking back on all of the animals that have impacted my life I realize that they have each helped me find this calling at a young age. When I turned sixteen I began working for our family veterinarian at North Fork Animal Hospital and the rest is history. So if you have asked me how long I have been practicing veterinary medicine, now you see why I may say "it seems like forever" but I wouldn't have it any other way!"

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Dr. Jacob Hammond

“While most people have a clear memory of when they realized they wanted to be a veterinarian, I never experienced that lightbulb moment. However, growing up reading James Herriot, living on a dairy farm with my German Shepherd Dog and going to an ag focused college where I spent my mornings feeding or milking cows at 5am before class, I slowly realized that no other job could possibly give me the same fulfillment. Being able to provide care when an animal needs it, from the home or farm, is incredibly rewarding and something that will motivate me for my entire career.”

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Dr. Madeline Hammond

"Growing up with a border collie, several cats and a flock of ducks, I’ve always been fascinated with God’s creatures and never considered a profession other than veterinary medicine. My family has encouraged this interest since childhood. I remember many evenings spent snuggled on the couch with my grandmother watching James Herriot’s All Creatures Great and Small and a springtime spent hatching out ducklings in our suburban neighborhood! This led me to start working one-on-one with our family’s veterinarian when I was 14 years old. She took me under her wing and I absolutely fell in love with the profession. As the years have passed, I’ve learned what a tremendous blessing it is to be able to serve my community by caring for its animals.”

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