It is a natural assumption that people who work with animals must love them.
It would be a bending of the truth however, to allow this to be believed fully.
An honest answer would be that Yes, Veterinarians and their staff like animals – but not all of them love animals. The difference between these two trains of thought is great. Most Veterinarians go to vet school because they like animals. It is not generally for the money unless they plan a career in the pharmaceutical industry or as a specialist. It takes the same amount of education to become a Veterinarian as it does to become a human Physician, who as a rule, make a far higher yearly income. Liking animals is a given in the Veterinary field. How else can you learn to help something, and be good at it if you don’t even like it? You can’t really. You need the appreciation and compassion to care for those who cannot speak or care for themselves. True love comes in to play when you can go to work every day, and listen to a monotony of barking & howling dogs, hissing & crying cats, get clawed, scratched, bitten, urinated on, defecated on, have saliva, pus, fleas and vomit on your clothes and skin and still hug the sick, soothe the scared, discipline the naughty, comfort the traumatized and injured, ease the suffering of the dying and still be able to deal with the normal, the neurotic, the cheerful, the crazy, the awesome and the obstinate pet owners day after day. That is the love of animals. You cannot teach this love – it comes from within. The most educated and skilled Veterinarian or vet staff member cannot ever be taught the inner love of animals if they don’t possess it already. They will like animals, and be great at what they do but the true awesomeness shows through in those staff that know all their patients by name, by likes and dislikes, the ones that your pet naturally gravitates to. Those staff who are firm, but never aggressive with your unruly pets. Those staff that explain once again to you the proper medication dose because you were not paying attention the first time. Those staff who don’t judge you when you buy a rhinestone collar and faux leather carrier for your cat but say you can’t afford bloodwork to see why it is underweight. Those staff that don’t openly scorn you when you bring in your sickly, smelly dog with bare patches on its back and an infected ear saying it was alright yesterday.
Those are the people who care for, and want the best for, your pets. After hours and on break, staff will reminisce about the patients who have died, share their feelings about the living and roll their eyes or have a laugh or two about some of the crazy animals and even crazier owners that they have dealt with. There will always be those who just don’t bond with all patients and all clients. It is human and animal nature. If you are happy and your pet is happy then you have made a good choice.