We decided to do an interview with an amazing vet from Brazil- Dr. Joaquim! Read on and find out why!
Tell us something about yourself
My name is Jean Joaquim. I am a veterinarian from Brazil. I live in Botucatu, which is a small town in Sao Paulo State. We have an University here of Vet Medicine. I am 41 years old and I live in Botucatu since I went to the University. After coming to study, I never left the city anymore. Here I work in the Ministry of Agriculture as an Official Veterinary Officer, as volunteer professor at the University and I built my own vet school for post-graduation courses.
Why did you decide to become a vet?
My father is a vet, my uncle, my cousin, so veterinary was in my blood, perhaps in my soul, maybe in my destiny.
Where did you study?
I have studied at University of Sao Paulo State – Unesp – Campus Botucatu, just like my father, uncle, cousin. The school is one of the best one in Brazil and South America. Well developed and equipped. The professors besides professionals were also friends, and most of them still are my friends. Then I founded my own institute, Bioethicus Institute, which besides the University keeps me in contact with already graduated vets and day-by-day of clinic problems.
What does your veterinary work include?
My work includes everything veterinary medicine does. For government taking care of a vet staff with meat inspection, disease control, international animal transit and other. As a professor in the University, I help with Msc, Phd classes, graduation classes and also with the Acupuncture and Rehabilitation Service. At Bioethicus I deal with course organization, lectures, clinical cases and management.
We see a lot of interesting pictures from your patients. Can you tell us more about the ones you found the most interesting and the most challenging?
The most challenging ones are the ones nobody cares about. The common thing between them is that no hope is available. No conventional treatment. Then we go for Acupuncture, Stem cells, Chinese Herbs and others. We create new treatments. For example distemper, where we have great success using acupuncture. Polyradiculoneuritis, where we use the animal own blood for autologous injection as a treatment. Also the ozone therapy, which we brought to one of the most relevant in Brazil in 2016 and 2017, with a lot of courses and use. It can really save animals, treat wounds, scars, and numb the pain. All my cases are the most challenging because we care the same for all of them. When 5% of hope, 100% of dedication.
We know being a Vet can be stressful, how do you handle those stressful situations?
I have a brain workout. I try to figure out all the problems, to understand why does it happen and learn to avoid them happening again. Been systematic, organized, and principally work with a good team of friends, this is the secret. I also try to rest, have good meals and not spend the night awake or drinking or partying (laughs).
Do you have any advice for the future vets?
First, love what you do. I don’t mean love animals, because everyone loves animals. I mean love to study how to solve animal’s problems. Take this as a mission. Don’t think being a good vet is related with money, status, position. It is more than that, it is about transforming a bad situation into a good one, in a way that is quick, effective and with pleasure. Be responsible. Share your knowledge and principally share good vibes, for friends, owners and patients.
What are your goals for the future?
My goals for the future are to slow down the activities and started to dedicate myself to write about what I learned in vet life and how it can help in the future other vets, and of course, keeping helping difficult cases to have happy end. Namaste.
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