In Memory of Jonathan E. Diehl, VMD 1953-2013
Co-founder, Winchester Veterinary Group, Veterinarian Extraordinaire
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Nothing can take their place – no layman or lawmaker – no clinic or council. For those who can, with gentle hands and soothing words calm the fears of a stricken animal, have a gift reserved for few.
Those who can diagones the sickness of a creature that cannot speak – one that cannot by sign nor gesture give any indication of the seat of illness – are endowed with knowledge, sympathy and understanding far beyond that reached by ordinary people.
Those who can, with the aid of medical science, brighten the eyes, stay the feaver, energize, the pulse, build resistance against diseases in an animal, have reached the goal only a favored few attain.
And what are their rewards? The knowledge that they have lived a life of true usefulness in helping creatures that cannot help themselves.
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I expect to pass through this world but once. Any good therefore that I can do, or any kindness or abilities that I can show to any fellow creature, let me do it now. Let me not defer it or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again.
– William Penn