Amber Love is graduate of ABAC and UGA. She is the newest veterinarian on staff with Bush Animal Clinic.
While Dr. Love may be a name more fitting a personal advice columnist than a veterinarian, Amber Love — an Ochlocknee native and a graduate of ABAC and the University of Georgia — finds herself loving her role as one of the newest vets at Bush Animal Clinic.
In a recent interview with Herald reporter J.D. Sumner, Love talks about her role as a vet, her love for kids and how that love nearly stole her from her chosen profession. She also discussed how those considering a career as a veterinarian should think carefully before making the commitment to spend nearly a decade in college.
Q: What was your first job?
A: My first job was working at a vet clinic in Thomasville, Ga. I was the kennel assistant, so I worked for one summer and ended up working there for about 10 years before I went to vet school. So I grew up with animals.
Q: What did you buy with your first paycheck?
A: I think I saved it. I think I opened a checking account. I was super excited about having a checking account so I was like “hey, I can work with a bank now.” I can’t remember anything I bought.
Q: How did you find yourself this profession?
A: I grew up on a farm and I grew up with chickens and cows and things like that, so ever since I was a little girl it was a dream for me to become a veterinarian. I would splint chickens with popsicle sticks and things like that and bottle-feed cows and when I got older I worked at a clinic so I’ve just always wanted to become a veterinarian. I think that the human-animal bond is amazing and I love being a part of that everyday.
Q: If you were stranded on an island, what three items would you like to have ?
A: If I was stranded on an island I’d have to have to have my dog Benelli — I love her to death; I would have to have water and the third thing that I would want to take...I would have to say maybe a Bible; do some reading.
Q: What motivates you each day?
A: Everyone up here is very, very nice so we have a great time up here. Everyone is like family. But what motivates me the most is that everyday is different. There’s nothing that’s the same. So every case that you see, you have to think about everything. You can’t just zone in on one thing. You have to be completely open-minded when you see a case, because they’re all different.
Q: What is the most challenging part of your job?
A: I think the most challenging part of our job would be to euthanize an animal. It’s awful; it’s a bad situation but it’s something that we have to do. That’s probably my least favorite thing of my job.
Q: What do you like to do in your free time?
A: In my free time, I love to work out, spend time with my friends and family. I have two nephews, Hayden and Declan, that are the loves of my life. I love spending time with them. I like to go horseback riding.
Q: What advice would you have for someone who is about to your field?
A: I think you need experience. I think you need to know that this is what you want to do. I think a lot of people think “I want to be veterinarian to work with animals” but there’s a lot more to this job, so make sure that you want to do this. But if it’s something you truly want to do, never give up. It’s a long hard road — it’s eight years of school — but you can do it; put your mind to it and you’ll be successful.
Q: If you could have lunch with anyone living or dead, real or imaginary, who would it be and why?
A: If I could have lunch with anybody it would have to be my grandfather. He was very close to me growing up. He would keep me. He had multiple sclerosis so he died when I was very young. He got pneumonia and died unexpectedly in the hospital. I really miss him and I think about him a lot. I sometimes wonder what he would think if he could see where I’m at and what I’m doing and how far I’ve come, so I think about him a lot and would love to see him again and have lunch with him.
Q: What is your favorite piece of office-related technology?
A: My favorite piece of office-related technology would have to be our laproscopic scope. We do laproscopic spays here and it’s pretty cool. It’s through a very, very, very small incision and the dogs bounce back really quick from it and they only have to have two days rest.
Q: If you couldn’t be a vet, what would you be?
A: You always have to have a backup plan, I was going to be a kindergarten teacher. I love little kids; love spending time with them, so I love making arts and crafts and things like that so in kindergarten you get to color and decorate things so I think I would have to be a kindergarten teacher if I wasn’t going to be a veterinarian. Completely opposite interactions, but I love little kids.
Q: When you retire, what would you like your colleagues to be able to say about you?
A: So I hope people would remember me by my bright personality. I’m very cheerful; I love talking to people — and that I was very caring for their animal.