Meet Shelly Hiemer, CVT, with AMVET in Otsego, Minn.
How do you keep your cool in stressful situations?
We have a rule that any negativity has to stay in the break room. So I try to smile and say something personal to every client, even when I'm stressed.
What's the most unusual pet someone has brought to your practice?
For a while I worked with a zoo veterinarian, and she did surgery on a wallaby. I also worked with a wildlife rehabber who treated deer and pelicans.
What's your most uncommon experience in practice?
I worked with a veterinarian who had a reputation for helping clients with unusual euthanasia requests. Once, some clients gave us a tape of the family's voices to play as the pet was euthanized because they couldn't stand to be present. We cried as we played the tape for the pet.