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May 2018 THE BEACON Page 5A Animal Medicine- An Investment in Humanity and the Future Dr. Steven Hubbard says of veterinary practice, “You have to be current, try to be current, and provide ser- vices that people desire.” Since learning about acu- puncture in 1978, Dr. Mark Haverkos has used alterna- tive medicine to successful- ly treat all kinds of animals from dogs to elephants. Dr. Haverkos was once at a circus and noticed that an elephant was limping. He attended to the elephant. Lo and behold, he adjusted one, and all three respond- ed. Elephants have some of the strongest bonds between individuals ever studied by scientists. Continued from page 4A medicine at that time, so I ended up traveling all over the place to Northern Kentucky and Ohio.” When talking with new clients about his work, Dr. Haverkos says, “I basically explain to them that what I do is not going to contradict or counteract any of the con- ventional stuff that’s already been done and … what I can do will be an adjunct to what they’re doing convention- ally … As long as we help the animal, that’s what I’m worried about … I don’t do a lot of conventional medicine anymore. Quite frankly, I’ve gotten behind with it because I don’t study it like I do the other things, so for something that’s beyond my capabilities … I work in partnership with a lot of the clinics around here because they’ll send me the chiropractic cases, and I’ll send them the conventional medicine cases.” Dr. Hubbard says, “Any- time you deal with people and anytime you deal with animals, every situation has a different set of challenges … it can be very difficult because sometimes you can only do so much. Sometimes a referral practice such as Care Center, or MedVet of Greater Cincin- nati can do something, and sadly sometimes we have long-term patients, 12, 15, 18 years, and it comes a time where the quality of their life is such that it’s time to say goodbye.” The rewards of being a veterinarian are plentiful, but there are many serious aspects to the work, such as putting animals down; accepting a client’s inability to pay for an expensive, but lifesaving procedure or medication, and knowing that human clients are responsible for carrying out the medical recommenda- tions for the animal patient – and hoping that they will. Add to these concerns: sometimes crushing educational debt, running a brick and mortar business in a digital environ- ment, and more. Dr. Robin- son says, “I don’t want to be too negative, but it needs to come out that the suicide rate among veterinarians is four times the national average.” Dr. Quamenn says, “We’re the number two suicide pro- fession at this point … so how do you sort of manage to have a healthy relationship with stress? Not every day you play with a kitten; we are eu- thanizing patients. We’re the only profession that counsels people that death is a good option … we take an oath to alleviate suffering and for us to say that I think it’s time and to help people make that decision, that seeps into your head. You’re a smart enough person, and you’re super driven, and you’re indepen- dent to a fault, and you know TAXES ARE COMPLICATED. Getting your taxes done isn't enough - you need your taxes done right. That's where we come in. We hire and train the most qualified tax professionals to ensure you claim every credit and deduction you deserve so you get your maximum refund. 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