treat disease in humans, has only emerged as a treatment for animals in the last few decades. “I love the fact that no day is exactly the same and that there is always something new to learn, a different direction to grow,” says Dr. Prior. Adds Dr. Knight: “This job is never boring! I love that this profession is constantly advancing and changing. Every day is different, and I love that there will always be new things to learn and new challenges.” Of course, one of the challenges in veterinary care is dealing with the inevitable loss that accompanies pet ownership. The doctors at Lakewood understand the intense pain and emptiness that their patients’ families feel after this loss and realize that there is no correct way
DR. JENNIFER METH
DR. ANN PRIOR
DR. AMELIA KNIGHT
the task at hand, though, the team understands "thatWhatever their patients have a human family that loves them and they treat each with the love and respect they deserve. "
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to grieve and work through the process—that everyone’s journey with their pet is different. In these tough situations, the doctors focus on providing the family with the emotional support and the facts that they need to make the best decisions for them and their pet. “Every family’s needs are individual,” says Dr. Knight. “Some clients want all the facts while others just want to feel supported in the decisions they make. Remembering the times I have had to deal with losing a pet or facing a difficult decision helps with relating to my clients.” The veterinarians also rely on their entire team at Lakewood to make sure the needs of their patients and their families are being met. “Teamwork is critical,” asserts Dr. Knight. “Everyone here has an important role that helps the hospital to run as smoothly as possible. And the team concentrates on extending that focus on family into their work relationships, too. Says Dr. Prior: “We work hard together, and our team is good about shifting positions to help where it is needed. We also manage to enjoy a lot of laughter together, which makes it enjoyable to come to work every day.” Without a doubt, there’s a lot that goes into each day of the team’s work at Lakewood. Whatever the task at hand, though, the team understands that their patients have a human family that loves them and they treat each with the love and respect they deserve. After all, they know they’re not just treating their patients’ medical needs—even more importantly, they’re helping them have many happy years with their families and the opportunity to impress their paw prints on their hearts.
Lake Norman Woman September 2017