As we begin our 26th year in operation, I have found myself reflecting on the mission of the clinic and all the people; doctors, nurses, volunteers, and clients, who have contributed to the fulfillment of that mission. The mission clearly is to care for Yuma's people and their pets as best we can: to serve. Reflecting lately I also realized that serving has an additional meaning with respect to the clinic mission. Serving also has meant growing some seeds here in the community. It was never a part of the original vision, but in serving Desert Veterinary Clinic has helped grow several teachers, a couple of business owners and office managers, many CVT's (Certified Veterinary Technicians): some who work in industry (Mikki with Hill's, Annette with HSOY), some in education (Shelly with Mesa Community College, Lisa in Raptor Rehabilitation), some still actively in practice in clinics and specialty centers across the country, and of course, we have assisted several veterinarians to grow and blossom.
Some of these people came to DVC with little to no work experience or no veterinary experience and they were assisted to grow and blossom and become amazing professionals. As we enter this 26th year, I am proud and so pleased that God took me kicking and screaming into this practice ownership role and I look forward to what the future will bring. Thanks to everyone and may God bless you all.