Animal anniversary

Animal anniversary

A pigeon looks from the window sill into a classroom. A boy watches them from inside. "Is that your pigeon?", asks the teacher. He answers: "yes, that is molly." The boy is eberhard schmidt and has been a veterinarian for 25 years. He can still remember this time well. "Molly walked to school next to me", he tells. She had always been waiting for him on the windowsill. Until the teacher let her in once. "She was so excited that she spread a blob here and there", he says, who wanted to be a veterinarian since he was a child.

Rhon has taken to his heart
Eberhard schmidt has been enthusiastic about his adopted country since his first visit in 1989. "It's just a fantastic panorama here.", he swarmed. And when he arrived, it already smelled like a wood fire. The man from runkel an der lahn (near limburg) did not know that before. As a kind of sign, he saw the many pigeons on the house roofs. "Then I thought: boy, here you are right."
After a tour with dr. Thyroff, whose practice he was to take over, everything happened very quickly. "I arrived in the morning and in the afternoon I bought the practice", tells eberhard schmidt. On 19. December 1989 he moved with bag and baggage to stangenroth.
At the beginning of his work, the veterinarian was mainly concerned with large animals, such as cows, horses, pigs, sheep and goats. "As a veterinarian, it was a garden of eden, tells eberhard schmitt. A cow peeked out from behind every door.
Among other things, he supervised home slaughtering, which took place mainly in winter. At this time there was still the live inspection, in which the animals were examined for diseases. Only after that was the slaughtering permit allowed to be issued. After the slaughter, during the meat inspection, some organs were cut open and the meat of the dead animal was inspected. "So to speak, tested for heart and kidneys", says schmidt. However, there were fewer and fewer farms.

Once bitten
So in 1997 eberhard schmidt opened his small animal practice in premich. Over the years, he has treated almost every animal there: from pythons to tortoises to cougars. In the 25 years, there has only been one dangerous incident. "A dog bit through my right thumb", says the vetrinar. The animal was a little too early awakened from the anesthesia. When eberhard schmidt then gave him an injection with a painkiller, the dog startled and bit down. This led to a ten-day time-out. An absolute exception.
"As a one-man operation, you can't get sick", says schmidt. It doesn't matter whether it's christmas or easter. When an animal is sick, it gets help. Sometimes, however, any help comes too late. One of the most unpleasant tasks of a veterinarian is putting animals to sleep.

Never emotionless
"A death always gets under my skin", tells eberbard schmidt "this will never be routine." It did not matter what kind of animal it was. Putting the dog to sleep was part of the job, but he was emotionally attached to the animals. From time to time, people came to him who wanted to put healthy animals to sleep, for example because they were disobedient or did not behave as the breeder wanted. He has always resolutely refused this kind of request. "The professional ethics forbid it", says schmidt "it is our task to protect the animals."
He himself has at home two cats, an aquarium full of fish and a breeding of pigeons. He houses a total of 70 carrier pigeons in his pigeon loft. Almost all of them are descendants of molly.


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