First-grader gets inside view of vet’s office

by W. Winston Skinner


Emandeze Smith pets one of the dogs at Dr. Nicole Andrews’ office the day he got a personal tour of the facility. 

In every business and profession, people are looking for bright, interested folks who might become the next generation of workers, thinkers and innovators.

The Coweta County School System has several programs that enable high school students to shadow or intern in businesses — giving them a chance to sample the world of work while still getting their education. Sometimes the process of career education starts even earlier.

Recently Dr. Nicole M. Andrews welcomed young Emandeze Smith to tour Moreland Animal Hospital so he could get an inside view of what it is like to work as a veterinarian. Smith says he “loves animals,” and he took his time — seeing each part of the veterinary office and even petting some canines who were at the facility.

Smith, 7, is a first grader at Elm Street Elementary School. His mother, Frances Smith, says his choice of television viewing is almost always Animal Planet. He watches the shows and then talks non-stop about the different animals.

Smith also has shown a love for animals large and small — helping out with horses and other critters at the rural home of family friends, Bill and Gail Coffee. Gail Coffee said he is great with the animals and will work hard and diligently at whatever task he is assigned.

Smith got an up close view of the X-ray machine, and Andrews pointed out some specific issues some pets had on the X-rays that required surgery or other treatment. She also showed Smith the surgery room.

He thought for a minute before indicating he might not want to do surgery. Andrews explained how surgery can help animals survive and live good lives.

They also looked at boarding areas and the office space at Moreland Animal Hospital.

Andrews earned her veterinary degree at Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine and completed her clinical year at Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine. She grew up on a farm near Moreland and taught middle school before following her dream by studying to care for animals as a veterinarian.

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