“How long are you going to be there at the vet clinic?” is not exactly what I wanted to hear on the phone at 5:30 on a Friday afternoon.

“About 30 seconds,” is what I thought about saying; instead I asked, “What exactly do you need?”

One of our clients had just realized that they would need a Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (better known as a “health paper”) for the horse show they were going to early the next morning. They brought the horse over, and I examined him, wrote the information and a detailed description of the animal on the certificate, recorded their Coggins test information, signed my name, and sent them on their way back home to finish getting ready for their trip.

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