Working with indigent veterinary clients: Shining a light with Shadow

April 12, 2019
Jon Geller, DVM, DABVP

Jon Geller, DVM, DABVP, CVJ, is hospital director at Fort Collins Veterinary Emergency and Rehabilitation Hospital in Fort Collins, Colorado.

'I'm able to align my beliefs with my work by working with pets of the homeless,' Colorado doctor says.

"Friendlessness is part of being on the street, so that dog fills that role of family and friend," says Fetch dvm360 conference speaker Jon Geller, DVM, DABVP. This is why he's passionate about working with homeless clients.

Dr. Geller shared the story of one veteran's dog, Shadow, who needed arthroscopy in his knees. In conjunction with the Veterans Stand Down program and a clinic in Denver, they were able to make the procedures happen and return Shadow to a condition of resuming walks with his owner.

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Dr. Geller puts a finer point on it:

"Sometimes for these homeless veterans, they can have thoughts of suicide, so in a case like this often their dogs are the only thing between them and ending their lives," he says.

Hear more of Dr. Geller's story in this video.

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