Q: Dr. Haskin, how did you get into the veterinary business? Tell us a little bit about your background. Dr. Haskin: Everybody has a little story. Mine also goes back... I knew that I wanted to be a veterinarian when I was very young. His name is Chester. And he meant the world to me. At some point I remember him getting cancer. It's funny because at this point I look at that as a, I said I bet you had a tumor. As a vet, I know know how it probably went. Because he ran away and he had surgery. He came home for a few days and he died shortly later. And I have a feeling I knew what type of tumor because I remember my mother tell me it was the size of a football. He meant the whole world to me, and I just felt that at that moment because he touched me so much. I wanted to connect better with animals. I wanted to give back. I wanted to be very young to help that dog. You know I couldn't so... In some ways, it's always been with me. I'm taking it to this point here because I'm able to nurture love and give back to animals and take care of them because I don't like pain and suffering. It's very important to me. You can always do it. It's not always fluff. It's very serious stuff. That was probably the most powerful experience for me. I was 8 or 9 years of age. I've had many dogs since. That's probably the most important event to me in developing, cultivating where I was gonna be. If you love animals, so otherwise you're gonna be doing this. (It's) very important.
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