Parker County Today May 2018 - Page 60

our professionals: TOP VETS Ryan Cate, DVM No Regrets R yan Cate was only nine-years-old when he decided he would grow up to become an equine veterinar- ian. He grew up around horses and when the family vet, Dr. Gene White, would come to treat their horses, young Cate would be right there, watching over the procedures with interest so apparent that White invited the boy to ride along with him to make house calls. White taught him a strong work ethic, one he still values and pays forward. Cate stuck with the plan he mapped out as an extremely focused 9-year-old; then in 2012 he got a call from an old friend. “I was working in Argyle, Texas, after living on an Island where I taught at Saint George Veterinarian School of Medicine for two years,” Cate said. “I got a call from Dr. Braden Vincent in 2012; he wanted to know if I was interested in buying his practice. I was doing strictly equine, so I had to figure out how I was going to switch to small animals. I knew that Brock would be a good opportunity for us, so at the end of 2012 we bought his practice and started fresh in 2013.” “Moving to a small community, I knew an important piece was how we could give back. What could we do better than to take care of compan- ion animals? One of my clients, Jenny Day, was involved with Parker County Pets Alive. She explained that they were not an adoption center, but their mission was to find at-risk pets with medical conditions that would make good pets and find good homes for them, once they were healed. We started helping with those pets, and PC Pets Alive would find foster families who would care for the pets Dr. Mark Langevin Dr. Cate continued on page 66 Holland Lake Animal Hospital Giving Pet Owners More Years With Their Furry Friends H 58 olland Lake Animal Hospital was started 40 years ago by Dr. Frank Nelson and bought by Dr. Mark Langevin two years ago. Langevin was born and raised on a ranch in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, and says always being around animals influenced him to get into veterinary medicine.  “My dad was a human physician and curbed me to not go into human medicine because of restrictions and malpractice,” he said. “His medical background and growing up on a ranch and having cattle and horses all the time are the two big influenc- es. My neighbor and uncle were also vets. I was close to them and they told me to go for it.” His “a-ha” moment to attend veterinary school came in college when his dog went into labor.  “I had a Rottweiler who was bred and she was delivering puppies and had problems. So, we [Langevin and his dad] brought her into the vet. He was an older vet and had not done surgeries in a long time and did not have oxygen to perform the surgery. My dad went to the hospital to get oxygen and we helped the vet do a C-section on the dog. That’s what really struck me to go ahead and do it. The pups didn’t live, but we saved her. The rest is history.” After the puppy incident, Langevin went on to graduate veterinary school from the University of Saskatchewan in 2008 and moved to Weatherford. He commuted to Fort Worth and worked as an equine practitioner for six years before changing his career path to small animal medi- cine two years ago. Langevin and his family almost sold their home here in Weatherford to make the move to the dreaded city before he bought Holland Lake Animal Hospital. Now he says he’s blessed to get to live and work in the community that he loves.  Dr. Langevin continued on page 66 JAMES A. SYNOWSKY, DVM 817-599-5999 | 500 SUGAR TREE DR | LIPAN, TX 76462