706. Veterinarian Fights for What He Believes In: Your Pets
Dr. John Robb
“Obviously to be a veterinarian in the true sense of the word, you have to have a love for animals. That’s got to be the basis. And love means an action to want to preserve life and to sustain life and to cure disease.”
Dr. John Robb is transforming veterinary medicine, making the pets’ well-being the goal, by bringing morality back into the profession. His organization, Protect-the-Pets (PTP), has become the leading organization that the pet-owning public recognizes as their source for trustworthy information on pet care. He lives his oath to do no harm, and other vets are standing up as well by educating the pet-owning public. The PTP movement is driving the change to amend the rabies law. In addition, Dr. Robb is organizing the PTP veterinary hospitals all over the world. Together and united with the public, like-minded veterinarians, and elected officials, Dr. Robb’s vision for veterinary medicine is unfolding and sweeping the world to bring the needed changes for morality to once again become the foundation of this important profession to protect the pets.
How Did You Start Using Your Talents?
“I just was intrigued by animal life since I was a kid. If you came in my room when I was a kid, a frog might be jumping out of a drawer. Baby possums might be crawling out of a box. I mean, snakes could be.… You never knew what was in my room because I just wanted every animal around me to look at them, because I was so intrigued by them. It’s an innate thing I was born with.”
The Most Impactful Turning Point?
“What I started to notice was these vaccines that were touted as so important to prevent disease were making pets sick, especially the small pets. And yet, I could not find anything in any of the journals about these reactions that I was seeing. This was when I started to get outside the box and I started extending the time period between my vaccines. This is crucial because while we are on this program, five or six pets are going to die from a rabies shot they did not need.”
The Most Powerful Lesson Learned?
“I realized that I am not just going to get out of school and be a veterinarian, but I have to constantly be the veterinarian that I want to be, and that is not necessarily the standard around me. I had to own my own hospital. I could not work for anybody. I had to be able to make the decisions that I wanted to make.”
Steps to Success from Dr. John Robb
1. If you want to accomplish something in this world, you are going to have to stand up against evil. You are going to have to stand up against those who would take advantage of others in order to get ahead.
2. To be what you are supposed to be, to live your calling and have passion for it, you cannot even begin to do things that go against what you know inside are wrong. You have to do the right thing regardless of your fears.
Connecting With Dr. John Robb
Twitter: John Robb@JohnRobb17
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