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mission in Rabun County - to improve human health and human quality of life through their pets by keeping them healthy and happy. We provide a wellness service here. We don’t just want to treat the sick ones. We want to keep people’s animals from becoming sick and that’s the main focus of what we do- to prevent par- asites, worms – that sorta thing. There are more and more of them than there ever have been. We want to prevent viral and bacterial diseases, many of which are zoonotic-things that people can get from animals. (We are) very inter- ested in making sure our little boys and girls in Rabun County never get sick because of the animals. him in. He needs to be seen, ya know.” (I replied) “ Yeah, yeah, bring him on.” Well, the first one arrived and it was the dog that had been chewed up. I got it and was talkin’ to them. A second later, the other one drove up. The dog that had been shot and it was this guy’s dog that attacked him. It was this guy that shot his dog to get him off the dog; so, they were both there in the lobby about to come fists to cuff and I was tryin’ to keep the peace. I said, “Y’all want me to call the sheriff?” They’re both good folks in their own right. They said, “Yeah, yeah, better call the sheriff and get him to come on up here.” We treat- ed the dogs, and the dogs were both fine. The neighbors made peace and what could’ve been a tense moment for a second there, ended up that cooler heads prevailed, but crazy stuff like that happens all the time. Here, everybody is an animal lover and a people lover. You have to wanna help people. Animals are so funny. Probably the most memorable story I can think of was on a hot summer night. I re- member that before I could get out of here, seven or eight o’clock at night, I got a phone call and the per- son on the other end of the line was very frantic. They said their dog had just been attacked by the neighbor’s dog-torn up big time. I said, “ Yeah, Yeah. Well, throw a blanket on it. Come on in. We’ll have a look at him.” I was getting things prepared for him to come in. A few minutes later, I got a phone call, again another emergency-goin’ to be one of those nights. They said, “Aw, I gotta bring my dog in. He’s frantic…. Dog’s been shot, ya know. Need to bring (I) love what the school system is doing with the S.T.E.A.M. pro- gram-science, technology, engineering, arts, math. Ya’ see, I wasn’t good at math, so I just ignore that. Study the S.T.E.A.M. classes because that’s what will get you into veterinary school. It’s very competitive. This past year, at the University of Georgia, (there were) 110 positions available (for veterinary) school and this is for Georgia, South Carolina, and West Virginia. At large, there were about 4,000 applications for those 14