Scott Reed DVM has been extremely focused throughout his career in research and as a practicing veterinarian. He received a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Florida in 1990 and has not diverted from his career ever since.  He worked as a primary care veterinarian; he conducted research under Dr. Shulin Li, Dr. Robert Schmidt, and Dr. David A. Williams; he has received multiple awards over the years, published almost 30 papers. He has contributed to Veterinary Information Network (VIN), the penultimate online resource for veterinarians, curated by top veterinarians. He currently serves as the Pathology Section Head at the Amarillo Laboratory for the Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory system.

Any form of medical practitioner undergoes heartache and hardship.  Treating patients, whether animals or humans, can be extremely rewarding but there are always patients in pain or patients that don’t make it, which the hardest part of the job.

One way to cope with this type of career in which loss of life is so prevalent is to respond with humor.

For some, the humor comes naturally.  For others, it’s a play on words.  There are some comedians well-known in the veterinary realm. One such example is Dr. Robert Miller. Miller is an expert horseman and equine veterinarian with a wide range of experiences with almost every species out there.  He is also known in circles of cowboy poets.  You may think a person like Dr. Miller would be stoic and seriously focused on their career. But the “other side” of Dr. Miller is the man known as as the “king of veterinary humor.”   He was known for his hilarious cartoons; his huge collection is now available online on his site RMMCartoons.com.

Favorite Humorists

Scott Reed has plenty of favorite humorists to recommend for those wanting to dive a little deeper in the veterinary humor world.

One of these humorists is Dr. Michael Obenski. Obenski wrote for DVM Newsmagazine for over 30 years under the popular column, “Where did I go wrong?.” A great example of his writing is this piece about telling pet owners the truth, instead of what they want to hear. He started writing in 1976 through his farewell in December 2014 and wrote hilarious bits of advice such as,

“There is no correlation between the amount of talking a client does and the amount of useful information that you are going to get out of it.”

He published nearly 500 columns and served as a key editorial adviser for DVM Magazine for thirty years. Dr. Obenski’s columns actually aided the Newsmagazine to become a finalist in 2006 and 2007 for the Jesse H. Neal Editorial Achievement Award. This is quite an honor for professional business magazines. Dr. Obenski owns Allentown Clinic for Cats in Allentown, Pennsylvania.

Another dual doctor-comedian is Dr. Bo Brock.  Dr. Brock is a mixed-animal practitioner from Texas, offers another perspective because he works with livestock and farm animals in addition to pets.  His book. Crowded in the Middle of Nowhere, draws from decades of real experience working with animals of all walks of life. These comedic essays deliver grins and in their stories of wild experiences with rural animal owners.

If you watch Animal Planet, you may be familiar with another favorite of Dr. Reed. This is the comedian Dr. Kevin Fitzgerald. He was made famous by the Animal Planet television network’s shows Emergency Vets and E-Vet Interns.  He is a charismatic television presence and is known to crack a few great jokes! When Dr. Fitzgerald is not working as a veterinarian, he does stand-up comedy and is often an invited speaker at national meetings.

Scott Reed's Humor

 

Scott Reed’s favorite type of humor often depicts animal themes.  Dr. Reed has a taste for the off-center and unexpected in comedy. This taste is exemplified by the Far Side cartoons produced for many years by Gary Larson, whose hilarity draws from bizarre situations and nuanced situations.

Scott’s favorite author is Kurt Vonnegut. Vonnegut’s writing dares its audience to think outside of the mainstream. He challenges perspectives of reality and the comforts of commodity culture, with an edge of wit and satire.