Sarah Taylor

Sarah Taylor

Posted July 28, 2011

Published in Animals, Health, Lifestyle

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If You're Going to be a Vet, You Can't Eat Your Patients!!

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There are many things I love about my husband.  Besides being a loving, supportive, and funny man, he’s also smart, handsome and incredibly humble about it all.  With this humility, he isn’t likely to express his opinion very loudly, unless he’s among his closest friends – he just assumes that everyone has their own path, and it’s not his place to barge in and tell them how to live.

So I was more than a little surprised when he told me recently that he challenged a patient of his who said she was going to be a vet.  “So you must be a vegetarian?” he asked the young college girl.  “Ummm … no…” she said hesitantly.  “Hmm.”  He paused.  “Well, I’m a doctor and I’m not a cannibal – how can you be a vet and eat your patients?”

At this point of the story, I was on the floor rolling – mainly due to his comment, and also due to his bravado in standing up for the veg*n diet.  Like I said, he’s generally pretty quiet about his opinions when he’s with strangers.  I can imagine this poor girl who came in for a routine eye exam, only to have her doctor nail her to the wall about eating her future patients!  But I’m sure he made a point that stuck with her.  YAY, husband!!

So, for today’s blog, I simply ask you:  “Do you stand up for your veg*n diet?”  You don’t need to throw blood on fur-wearing opera fans if that’s not your style, but can you at least stand up for what you believe?  Can you proudly tell people that you eat this way, and briefly explain why?  If not, then practice your elevator speech.  You never know when you might say something that sticks.