A Fond Farewell

When I was four years old, I learned how to ride after my parents plopped me on a horse. From there, my love of animals only grew.

At my high school, students were required to fulfill 60 hours of community service in order to graduate. I decided to complete mine at a nearby animal hospital. I became fascinated with the quick-pace and the excitement that I never knew what I was going to be doing when I came in.

In part because of my community service work at the animal hospital, I started my freshman year of college at Colorado State University as a pre-vet and equine science major. Though I ultimately ended up switching majors, when I was in graduate school at Northwestern University, a friend offered me a part-time job at an animal hospital in Lincoln Square.

Despite completing my master’s program in an unrelated field, for the past 11 years I have worked at an animal hospital. In 2013, I was lucky enough to begin my journey at Blum. Working here has given me the opportunity to meet some incredible clients and the chance to know their furry family members from their first appointment to their final goodbye.

Just like at my very first animal hospital experience in high school, at Blum I never knew what my day would entail. Working at the best animal hospital in Chicago, there was definitely something unexpected that would happen throughout the day – whether it be the dog who ate chocolate or a cat who may have a urinary blockage, the fast-pace always kept me on my toes.

It is hard to say goodbye to a place that holds such a special place in my heart. While I move on, what I will miss most is the amazing doctors, technicians, assistants and of course, my beloved care coordinator team that I got to work with every day. You will not find a harder-working or dedicated staff that cares so much for each and every patient.

Thank you, Blum, for giving me amazing memories over the past six years. This truly is a magical place.

Written for Blum Animal Hospital by Jackie Sheppard.