A Life Filled with Animals, from New Hampshire to Colorado
Thomas Stevens, senior specialist for veterinary outreach and the Golden Retriever Lifetime Study, grew up on a 200-year-old, family-run dairy farm in rural New Hampshire. Here’s why he’s excited to be part of the Golden Retriever Lifetime Study.
“The human-animal bond started with me before I can remember. My first job was at 8 years old when I was given the task of caring for the young Holstein calves on our farm. I instantly fell in love with these gentle, black and white calves and soon grew to care for more than 20 at a time. Growing up on a working farm is a tough life, but it can also be rewarding. My grandparents taught us to love, respect and honor the animals we cared for—it was their mission for us. This mission struck true to me and I have continued to pay that forward in my life.”
“I moved to Colorado [where Morris Animal Foundation is based] years later. I had always dreamed of living there because my grandfather was stationed at Fitzsimons Air Force Base in Colorado Springs as a young man, and he always spoke of how amazingly beautiful the city of Denver was. I was hooked the first time I visited. I spent my early years here working with racing greyhounds and helping to develop R.E.G.A.P. (Retired Greyhounds as Pets). Then I worked as a veterinary pharmaceutical representative and a regional manager for a veterinary reference laboratory, which is where your veterinarian sends your pet’s bloodwork to be analyzed. Helping with anything animal-related was always my goal in life.”
“When the recession hit, the 50-year-old company I worked for was sold and I faced a massive layoff. In what was possibly one of the toughest times to find a job, I got lucky and landed at Morris Animal Foundation. Managing the Veterinary Memorial Card Program and concentrating on veterinary outreach for the Foundation has been so rewarding, and this year I joined the Golden Retriever Lifetime Study. This groundbreaking study caught my eye from the moment I heard about it. When you imagine a study that helps dogs enjoy longer and healthier lives, and at the same time unites dogs, owners, volunteers and veterinarians in a common effort, you have the Golden Retriever Study. I am so excited to be a part of it!”
To learn more about Morris Animal Foundation and our other programs please visit morrisanimalfoundation.org.