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  • Writer's pictureDr. Bill Wagner

What I'm Thankful For

Thanksgiving provides us with an occasion to reflect on the last year and think about all that we have to be thankful for. In that spirit, I’d like to put my list into writing for you:

I am thankful for the love and support of my wife, and our two dogs that fill our home with joy. This was a challenging year for our older dog’s health, including becoming a cancer survivor (cutaneous mast cell tumor) and conquering an infectious cranial polyneuropathy.

I am thankful for the surgeon colleague who performed Luna’s cancerous mass removal, and to the ER and neurologist colleagues who guided us through her neuropathy recovery. Experiencing personal pet health crises from the client’s perspective was a good reminder to me of how lucky I am to be a member of a profession filled with so many skilled, talented, and compassionate individuals.

I am thankful for my fellow members of the AVP Success Center leadership team. We’re working towards fulfilling a great mission that will have a positive transformative impact on a profession that means so much to me, and I am grateful for the hard work that you are doing to grow and improve AVP every day.

I am thankful for our practice owner-partners who have entrusted us with shaping the future for your practices and your teams. I promise that AVP will continue to be authentic, accountable, and dedicated to our promises and to be the excellent partner that you deserve.

I am thankful for all the veterinary healthcare workers in the AVP network. The importance of the work that you do cannot be understated. You improve the lives of pets and people every day, and all of us at the AVP Success Center are proud to serve and support you.

I wish you all health, happiness, and lots to be grateful for when next Thanksgiving arrives. I hope to see some of you at VMX in January; please stop by booth 2835 to say hello!

Dr. Bill


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