Years in Tampa Bay
I was born in St. Petersburg, FL. I have lived here my entire life with the exception of going to college at the University of Central Florida and veterinary school at the University of Florida. After veterinary school, my wife and I moved back to St. Petersburg where I have been practicing veterinary medicine for just over three years.
Owner, Plummer Pet Hospital
What do you do?
Plummer Pet Hospital is a full-service veterinary clinic. We offer everything from wellness exams and vaccines to surgery, dental and advanced diagnostics like ultrasounds.
Why do you do it?
I do it to help pets live long, healthy lives and help pet parents take the best care of their beloved furry family members.
What was your Catalyst? (How did you get started?)
I have always loved medicine and animals, so veterinary medicine was an easy choice! Originally in college, I wanted to be a human doctor, but I was more passionate about the work I was doing with rescue animals at the time and that changed the course of my entire career. Looking back, it's the best decision I have ever made. I feel very fortunate to be able to say I love what I do.
What’s a common misconception or unknown aspect of what you do?
A common misconception is that all we deal with are puppies and kittens. We love seeing puppies and kittens, don't get me wrong, but the vast majority of what we do is dealing with older animals who are often sick. It's a very emotionally taxing job on everyone involved. Sometimes clients may not understand that the loss of their pet weighs on us as well, and that we grieve with them.
What’s the most challenging part of your Hustle?
The most challenging part of my job is making difficult decisions with pet parents when it is time to let go of their beloved fur members. It's an emotional time for all involved. It's something that comes with the job, and ultimately something that keeps people from pursuing their dream of being a veterinarian.
What’s the most valuable piece of business advice/insight that’s helped you?
The most valuable piece of business advice I've received is to invest in great, talented people. I have heard it from multiple sources while opening my business, but employing experienced and passionate people have had a great impact on my startup, and I know it will continue into the future, as having a great team makes all the difference.
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