By: Dr. Clara Scott, My Family Vet
Meet Dr. Clara Scott, owner of My Family Vet which offers two locations: 20120 Kuykendahl Rd. Spring, 77379, and 2300 Woodforest Parkway, STE 800, Montgomery, TX 77316. At the Kuykendahl location, Dr. Scott also owns Blessed Paws Luxury Pet Resort, which offers boarding, daycare and grooming. At the veterinary clinics, My Family Vet provides a full range of health treatments, surgery and wellness. In practice for over 20 years, Dr. Scott prides herself in client education and giving clients informed choices when it comes to a pet’s health.
1. What inspired you to become a veterinarian?
Jesus! When I was in middle school in Del Rio Texas, I had dreams of what I could do when I grew up. I narrowed it down to 3 things, a weather woman, a mortician, or a veterinarian. As a weather woman in Texas, you are never wrong! The weather changes at any given moment. As a mortician, the idea of psychology, esthetician, and religion in one profession seemed like an interesting journey. Understandably, becoming a veterinarian would be the pinnacle of anyone’s life…or so I thought… I wanted to practice medicine, but I also wanted to come home at night and have a family. My empathy for the animals created a bond where I could feel their needs. I studied body language, behavior, and the detailed movements of their eyes to help understand what they were feeling and going through.
2. What do you think is the biggest challenge to veterinarians?
Humans. From trying to please the client, to human resource issues, people just are complicated. The needs of generations have changed, and the way people communicate has changed. As a small business owner, trying to keep up with the emails, social media, and 24/7 accessibility is exhausting. I want to be the veterinarian for everybody, but my most important role on this earth is taking care of my two kids. Having a work life balance and being a small business owner is not for the weak. It takes a village and faith!!
3. What do you feel is the biggest misconception about veterinary medicine?
That we hug on puppies all day and that medicine doesn’t cost the veterinarian anything. I can’t tell you how often a veterinarian is put in a corner because of cost. The practice of medicine is often limited by finances. We want everyone to live happily ever after, but the reality is we have employees and bills to pay too. We wish we could sit around and play with puppies and kittens all day. What joy that would be!!!
4. What is your personal philosophy about treating animals?
I always approach a case with simplistic knowledge. For example, first, I listen to the owner. Secondly, I look at the dogs breed, age, sex, and history. Lastly, I examine the pet. By doing things this way I approach the case with as much information as I can get. My main goal is always to get more quality time together for the owner and their pet. If the quality of life for the patient is there, I will always keep trying.
5. What do you say to skeptical pet parents who think veterinarians are pushing flea meds, diets, pharmaceuticals, etc. only to make money?
My job as a veterinarian is to protect my humans and animals. People forget how dangerous parasites can be. I do not argue with a client that opts out of preventative care. However, if they ever come in with illness, I must do more diagnostics to rule out parasites that could have been prevented.
6. There seems to be a wide range of costs in veterinary medicine from one provider to another; why is that?
Not all veterinarians practice the same level of medicine. You have very progressive veterinarians where everything is digital, there are computers everywhere, and they have up to date diagnostic equipment. Some veterinarians have less overhead because they do not have all the bells and whistles. At the end of the day, there is a veterinarian for everyone. You need to go where you feel most confident in the veterinarian’s ability to diagnose and treat your loved one.
7. What trends in veterinary medicine excite you most? What does the next 5 years look like?
Veterinary medicine is becoming incredibly progressive. Drug companies are inventing drugs every day to improve the quality of life in pets. Diagnostic labs are inventing new tests daily to find diseases. With that said, we all have a lot to learn. Ultimately the longevity of our pets is going to improve. We are blessed to be alive at this time. We have come a long way in the field just in my twenty plus years of practice. I am excited to see what comes next.
Photo Credits: Alison Wilkins at Evin Thayer Studios