A Letter to Clients, Staff and Friends of BPPH

by Karin Christopher, DVM

Dear Clients, Staff and Friends of BPPH:

When I began working at Brooklyn Park Pet Hospital four years ago I had 6-month-old triplets at home. Many would say that gave me full decision rights on how I wanted to spend my time trying to regain my sanity.  I opted for returning to my job as a veterinarian.  This would allow me to leave the house, get back to helping animals and people, use my brain, interact with people with whom I could communicate, and get paid so that I could continue to pay down veterinary school loans and the added expense of daycare, you know, so I could leave the house.  Added bonuses were that I could spend a lot of time in the car by myself on my drive to Brooklyn Park from Eagan, then spend the whole day working with a wonderful and very dedicated group of people that I had immediately clicked with while doing previous relief work.

Fast forward four years and three things have changed:

1. The drive to work is not so wonderful, especially this winter

2. I can communicate with the kids now

3. I have a wonderful group of patients and their people that I would not have had the opportunity to meet without having taken this job. 

The children are growing up fast and the next few years will be my last opportunity to spend quality time with them before we get overtaken with the demands of school, activities and growing up!  While I am excited for this new challenge in my life, I will truly miss the bonds that I have been fortunate to develop with my patients and clients and I will miss having the opportunity to work with you.  I have built relationships in a way that I was not able to accomplish while working in emergency medicine or in academia, and for that I am grateful.  My final day will be March 31st.

It is hard to express the gratitude I have to Dr. Jami Stromberg and the entire staff of Brooklyn Park Pet Hospital, with whom I have had the honor of working side-by-side during the last four years.  You are an amazing group of individuals that work well together to form an exceptional team.  I have the highest amount of respect for your skills and abilities and realize that I will be hard-pressed to find such a wonderful working environment again in my career.  You have made me a better doctor and a better person.  I can say wholeheartedly that I will miss the entire staff at Brooklyn Park Pet Hospital.

I know that the high standards of medical and surgical care, the compassion, and the integrity that brought me to Brooklyn Park Pet Hospital, will continue in my absence, and I thank you all for the opportunity to be a part of this family.

Warmest regards,

Karin Christopher