A Golden Visitor at Morris Animal Foundation
Staff members at Morris Animal Foundation had a special treat on November 20 when they received a visit from Golden Retriever Lifetime Study participating veterinarian Dan Mones. The visit provided staff members who don’t usually meet study veterinarians with an opportunity to hear from someone in the trenches.
Dr. Mones has owned Alpine Hospital for Animals in Boulder, Colorado, for nearly three years, and the hospital has been a Boulder fixture for more than 50 years. He and his wife, Amanda, felt the call of the mountains and moved from the East Coast six years ago so they could settle permanently in a place that would allow them to spend more time doing the outdoor activities they love. They found that Boulder fulfilled this need, both personally and professionally.
When the Mesinger family, long-time clients of the hospital, wanted to enroll their dogs in the Golden Retriever Lifetime Study, Dr. Mones immediately recognized the value of the study and became an enthusiastic supporter. The clinic now has seven patients enrolled, and they promote the study on the practice’s Facebook page and discuss it with their clients.
During his visit to the Foundation office in Denver, Dr. Mones told staff about the value he sees and the challenges he faces as a study veterinarian, everything from juggling appointment times (study exams require longer appointment slots) to figuring out strategies for holding wiggly Golden Retrievers during blood draws (treats help!). He also fielded questions from Foundation staff members regarding recruitment, retention and his hopes for the study.
Morris Animal Foundation is happy to have Dr. Mones and the staff at Alpine Hospital for Animals as part of the Golden Retriever Lifetime Study Team. To learn more about Morris Animal Foundation and our other programs please visit morrisanimalfoundation.org.