I tried to think of something memorable or profound to say about the last 10 years, but mostly I just reflected about my career in general.
I have worked for the rich and the poor. I have worked for people who appreciated me and those who did not. I worked with technicians worth their weight in gold, those who were just warm bodies, and everything in between. I learned to do a lot of things without help.
I have worked in shelters, big clinics, small clinics, fancy clinics, privately owned clinics, corporate clinics, and low tech rural clinics.
I have met people who will do anything for their pet, and those who will do next to nothing. I have heard people say or do jaw-droppingly crazy and/or stupid things.
I have laughed and cried. I have saved lives. I have ended lives. I have watched lives slip away against our will.
I have been bored, challenged, frustrated, and overwhelmed. Sometimes all in the same day.
I've made friends (and probably enemies) along the way. I've seen the best and the worst in people. I've seen the best and the worst in pets.
In the end, whether you hate this career or love it, the most profound thing I could come up with was that it is, without a doubt, unique.