The Hippo


Dec 12, 2019








What are you really interested in right now?
I love gardening. I love reading, especially classic novels. … Right now, I’m reading Gulliver’s Travels.

Meryl Meloy


Explain your current job.

I’m a practicing veterinarian and I own Hooksett Veterinary Clinic in Hooksett, where we treat cats and dogs and pet birds and occasional exotic animal pets. ... We do lab work, we do X-rays, we try to get to the bottom of what a pet’s problem is and treat it appropriately. We do surgeries, and try to educate clients on the best ways to take care of their pets.
How long have you done this?
I’ve practiced since [around] 1979.
How did you get interested in this field?
Well, I think it started with an early love of animals, which, of course, a lot of people share. And I had a few pets as I was growing up and I used to go out and catch frogs and snakes and deal with them, as well, and try to patch them up if they didn’t seem healthy. And then, after high school, I went to college, got a bachelor’s degree at Cornell University and decided after working in the field of conservation, which was my major, for a couple of years, that I really wanted to either go to veterinary school or go to art school. … Decided on vet school and was accepted to Colorado State University and went to veterinary school there. … I’ve practiced in several areas of the country.  
What kind of education or training did you need for this?
Typically there needs to be a four-year bachelor’s degree, usually in a science related to biology or medicine or pre-vet. And then there would be a four-year professional school to get the veterinary degree. …. More so these days — not so much when I graduated — oftentimes there are internships or residencies. Many people go on to specialize in some particular aspect of vet medicine. So there are general practitioners, like what I am, but there are also specialists in pretty much every discipline that is in human medicine, [like] opthalmology, surgery or neurology, or oncology to treat cancers or orthopaedics and animal behaviors as well.
How did you find your current job?
I had been practicing in other parts of the country, in Colorado and Washington state and in Minnesota. At the time, I was married … and my husband at the time and I were were looking for a practice to buy and to just settle down. We wound up buying a practice in Hooksett. I had grown up in Massachusetts so this was close to home for me.
What’s the best piece of work-related advice anyone’s ever given you?
Just to keep up with current developments and keep up the love of the profession and the love of your patients and of your clients you started out with.
What do you wish you’d known at the beginning of your career?
I guess I wish I would’ve known that ... back when there were not the number of emergency clinics and specialities that there are now, that this job was a pretty much round-the-clock job, because we pretty much did all our own emergency work, so were were pretty much on call all the time. … These days, things are better than they were.
What is your typical at-work uniform?
I would dress in … business casual clothing and then, typically, with a … consultation jacket, a doctor’s jacket over the top of that. And of course, if I were in surgery, that would involve scrubs.
What was the first job you ever had?
The first job I ever had was working in the candy department of a Sears Roebuck store. — Ryan Lessard 

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