Dr. Steven Metz has been a veterinarian in Shelburne for 37 years and has decided it is time for a change.
Shelburne Veterinary Hospital
and Dr. Metz
have quite a long history together.
Dr. Metz moved to the greater Burlington area 37 years ago from Warwick, R. I. where he worked as one of five veterinarians in a large hospital.
often worked with the animals at the nearby Roger Williams Park Zoo, where he
had many unique opportunities, such as stitching up an ostrich, and clearing up the conjunctivitis in an elephant's eye.
However, Dr. Metz
always aspired to open his
own practice, and after three years in Rhode Island, he
began looking around Northern New England for an ideal location for his
practice and his
soon decided that the greater Burlington area was the best option for his
practice and "Shelburne
seemed like a lovely community," he
literally built his
Shelburne business from the ground up.
He says he was the architect, the contractor, and the construction supervisor for the building.
continued to work part time in Rhode Island as he
practice in Shelburne
, traveling back and forth between Vermont and Rhode Island each week.
37 years in Shelburne
, Dr. Metz
has seen first, second, and sometimes even third generation families and their pets.
has continued to do unusual things; he
has extracted Aaron the boa constrictor from a guitar without taking the guitar apart, treated a 600-pound Bengal tiger with hepatitis, removed a tumor from a family's goldfish, in addition to caring for the community's many beloved four-legged family members.
Now Dr. Metz
is going to pursue his
passion for riding motorcycles, and he
will continue to practice avian and exotic animal medicine.
also hopes to write a book about how a young boy (himself) at the age of six and afraid of dogs later became an animal lover, as well as include an explanation of what veterinarian education is all about and what it takes to be a vet.
also intends to get a bit of rest and relaxation.
"I am not retiring from practice," stated Dr. Metz
"I will be in the area, and will practice avian and exotic animal medicine."
went on to say that, "It has been a rare privilege and a lifetime experience in helping people with their family member companions.