I’ve talked often about my beginnings at DoveLewis; the fear, the crying, and the sheer volume of knowledge that I felt needed to be learned overnight. What I haven’t mentioned too much are the bright spots in my early years as a technician. Dr. Tony Johnson is one of those bright spots.
I was hired to work at the Southeast Portland satellite location of DoveLewis which was a small team who worked after-hours and weekends. There were four main DVMs who were all within a couple years of graduating vet school, and six main technicians who did all duties (including the front desk) in the hospital. I was paired for most of my shifts with Becky Smith (I’m surprised we’re friends, read her thoughts on dentals) and got to spend lots of hours learning from her knowledge, and from enthusiastic doctors like Tony.
Tony is excited to learn, and more importantly, he is excited to teach. I am not at all surprised that he is now working in a teaching hospital (Purdue) and loving what he does. Active on the speaking circuit and on VIN, he continues to spread his enthusiasm for medicine. I remember handouts from him with ventilator hoses being compared to a giant squid, and the best simple explanation of CVPs hanging on the cupboard. He also is the one who taught me how to easily calculate dextrose additives (which I turned into a video, thanks Tony!). Those four doctors made a huge impact on my current abilities and my desire to keep learning and to start teaching and I am grateful for their mentoring and friendship.
[Here's a picture of Dr. Johnson fixing the oldest ventilator ever in the old DoveLewis facility!]
Dr. Johnson also has a great sense of humor, which is what makes him a natural choice to blog for atdove.org. Together we (Tony, Becky and I) created an entire line of “Hello Kidney” paraphernalia (oh how I wish I still had the t-shirt!), talked about the world of tiny tiny things, and almost got kicked out of Old Country Buffet over a canned beverage and a glass. I’m happy to still be in touch with him after all of these years, proud of his accomplishments (pre-rounding at 5am has served you well critical care specialist Johnson) and excited to read his gems about veterinary medicine. Here’s to the good old days and to what we’ve become – continuing to teach and corrupt the next generation of veterinary medicine!