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7/16/2013 10:29:00 AM
Slice of life: Williams Veterinarian Daniel Jacoby and Certified Veterinary Technician Traci Fulkerson
From left: Tina Sutherland, Daniel Jacoby, DVM, Traci Fulkerson, CVT, and Kat Stiver in a moment of downtime at the Williams Veterinary Clinic. Ryan Williams/WGCN
From left: Tina Sutherland, Daniel Jacoby, DVM, Traci Fulkerson, CVT, and Kat Stiver in a moment of downtime at the Williams Veterinary Clinic. Ryan Williams/WGCN
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How long have you been a vet?

Jacoby: Twenty-four years.

What made you decide to become a vet?

Jacoby: I always had a deep interest in science, which kind of led me towards medicine. And then I always enjoyed nature and biology too, so I kind of put the two together and it worked out perfectly.

When did you start your practice here?

Jacoby: July 11 (was) our one-year anniversary.

Where were you before this?

Jacoby: In Phoenix for 15 years, then we both taught at a college for two years in Florida.

What made you decide to come to Williams?

Jacoby: I kind of came up here on a little sabbatical, to take some time off and decide what I wanted to do and it kind of stuck. I like it here. I have a place up near Valle, and I was just going to spend a few months there and try to decide what we wanted to do. When I found out there was no veterinarian in Williams and the surrounding area, it just seemed like the perfect spot. There was definitely a need and a want for me to stay here, so I just started the process and it just kept going.

What is a typical day like for you?

Jacoby: There is no typical day, because we never know what's going to come in. It could be just routine examinations and vaccinations one day, and another day it could be a whole slew of cat abscesses or injuries or amputations. So every day's different. We never know what's going to come through those doors. That's part of the excitement of it all.

What is the best part of your job?

Jacoby: I think working with the people and their pets.

Fulkerson: I'd have to put it the pets and their people.

Jacoby: We've become close to many of our clients and their pets, and it's been kind of a neat little family we've developed here.

Fulkerson: We try to keep a family atmosphere here more than that cold, clinical, take-a-number sort of feeling.

Jacoby: That's one thing about up here versus down in Phoenix. Down in Phoenix, I got three to five minutes in the examination room and then I had to go. Here we get to sit down and talk to people and spend time, get to know them a little bit. We get to spend more time with the pets, getting a better history, and in doing that we get to find a more tailored veterinary care for them, than just one of those revolving door type of practices. So that's one nice thing about up here-it's a little bit slower pace, so we get to spend more time with the clients and pets and get to know them better.

What is your most memorable experience on the job?

Jacoby: Just a very dedicated, caring owner and a very very sick pet.

Fulkerson: And a very rough situation.

Jacoby: A very difficult situation that we were able to spend a lot of time with and develop a close bond with that family, even though the results weren't ideal. But we came together and worked through it nicely.

Fulkerson: They had a very bad experience with another veterinary facility, and they were burnt out.

Jacoby: They were very hesitant when they came in here as well because of the bad experience they had prior, which is understandable. But after spending some time with us, we got very close with them and they trusted us and we trusted them. So we kind of rejuvenated their faith in veterinarians.

Fulkerson: They brought their other dog in and signed up for the wellness plan and they call just to talk every so often to see what's going on down here, so they're just another part of the family now.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Friday, July 19, 2013
Article comment by: Shelli Stephenson

Dr Jacoby and his staff are wonderful! We were in Williams for vacation and our son (dog) got sick, they took us in right away and took very good care of him at a very reasonable fee. They were all so caring and knowledgable. We are in Williams enough that we are goin to take all of our kids (pets) there, their fees are alot better then our current vet and I love the family atmosphere and that they took time with us!
Arrow says hi and thank you, I am back to normal!!!

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