Dr. Hillary Hart, veterinarian

Dr. Hillary Hart—a Tampa Bay Area veterinarian who operates Vet With Hart Veterinary House Call Practice—describes how she raised a family and then,  when on the cusp of empty nest syndrome, decided to attend veterinary school, fulfilling a lifelong dream. drhartlogoNoting that vet school under those circumstances was both grueling and exhilarating, Hart explains how, as a newly-minted veterinarian, she decided she’d like to launch a mobile, “House Call” practice, enabling her to provide in-home services to an array of folks  and their animals. On a very related hhartphotosmunote, Hart addresses some of the specifics of offering animals hospice care as well as in-home euthanasia, which constitutes one third of her practice. She also touches on another aspect of her story that’s distinctive (in addition to becoming a veterinarian later in life): her commitment to serving as an animal welfare activist. During the course of the conversation, she also fields a handful of calls and e-mails from listeners with questions about the medical conditions—and medicines—of their pets.  (www.vetwithhart.comwww.facebook.com/VetWithHartVeterinaryHouseCallPracticeLlc)

ALSO: We spoke briefly with Pat Hose about the then-forthcoming 5th Annual Parade of Rescues, to be held Jan. 18 in Pinellas Park, assembling 30+ rescues and animal welfare organizations, with the aim of adopting out as many animals as possible.  (www.facebook.com/events/1375406572717101/)

COMEDY CORNER: Greg Fitzsimmons’ “Adopting A Dog” (snippet) (www.gregfitzsimmons.com)

MUSIC: Rebekah Pulley’s “Talking Animals Theme,” EELS’ “Little Bird,”  instrumentals

NAME THAT ANIMAL TUNE:  Wilco’s version of  “And Your Bird Can Sing”

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About the author
Duncan Strauss is the producer-host of “Talking Animals,” which he launched at KUCI in California in 2003, combining his passions for animals, radio, journalism, music and comedy. The show has aired since late 2005 on Tampa’s WMNF. Strauss lives in Jupiter Farms, FL with his family, including four cats, two horses and one dog. He spends each day talking to those animals, and maintains they talk right back to him, an as yet unverified claim.

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