Veterinarian Hsieh Yu-ta, who works at a government-run animal treatment and rescue center in New Taipei City, graduated from National Chung Hsing University’s College of Veterinary Medicine and has a master’s degree in clinical veterinary medicine. Hsieh originally practiced at a private animal hospital, but his passion for saving stray animals made him determined to become a civil service vet so that he could use his medical skills to change the fate of strays.
Hsieh says that his father also practiced veterinary work, so he was inducted into the field from a young age and wanted to make a contribution to helping stray animals. He says that Taiwan has many animal protection groups but most of them “do their own thing,” which makes it difficult to solve the stray animal problem.
In his original job at a private animal hospital, most of Hsieh’s patients were pets with owners. Hsieh says that since he joined the civil service as a vet he has had to deal not with pets, but rather stray animals that are problem-ridden and require more help.
Photo: Chen Wei-tsung, Liberty Times
Hsieh constantly researches ways of improving the equipment of the animal treatment and rescue center and establishing standard operating procedures for treatment. He says the rescue center can care for up to 25 hospitalized animals at a time, but occasionally they also have to accommodate emergency cases. The job keeps the staff busy from early in the morning to seven or eight at night, leaving them hardly any time to rest. However, Hsieh says that seeing the animals going from injury to recovery and adoption makes it all worthwhile.
(Liberty Times, translated by Zane Kheir)
1. make a contribution phr.
盡一份心力 (jin4 yi1 fen4 xin1 li4)
例: It is very rewarding to make a contribution to society.
2. standard operating procedure phr.
標準作業流程 (biao1 zhun3 zuo4 ye4 liu2 cheng2)
例: Every department in the government should have a set of standard operating procedures for responding to emergency situations.
3. injury n.
受傷 (shou4 shang1)
例: People who suffer injuries on the job require compensation.
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