The first written records of veterinary were documented as early as 1900 BCE! Veterinary medicine however has come a long way since and it is important, as a pet owner, to develop a relationship with your local veterinarian. Veterinary medicine is informally as old as the human and animal bond but recently it has expanded as a result of the availability of advanced diagnostic and therapeutic techniques for most species. A vet’s role includes diagnosing animal health problems; vaccinating against diseases; medicating animals; treating and dressing wounds and setting fractures; performing minor to major surgery; advising owners about animal feeding, behavior, and breeding. Animals today often receive advanced medical, dental, and surgical care. Your vet only wants what is best for your pet AND for you. His advice is to be valued and considered seriously as today’s veterinarians are doctors who are highly educated to protect both the health of animals and humans.