How medicine has changed in the last 40 years

A lot has changed in the last 40 years. Cellphones were introduced, then quickly evolved to become screened-phones, flip phones, and smartphones. Musicians rose, peaked, and fell from glory, and new ones eagerly rushed in to take their place. Roseanne, Full House, The X-Files, and Will and Grace all aired on network television – twice. High waisted jeans came into style, left, and came back again. Lancers Square Animal Clinic founder Dr. Lee Reeves’ beard flourished and left again.

While fashions and trends have evolved, possibly nothing has seen greater change than medicine, both for humans and animals.

“The practice of veterinary medicine has changed dramatically,” says Dr. Reeves. “For the better, really.”

For instance, when Lancers Square Animal Clinic first opened its doors, there were no vaccines for feline leukemia, for example, or for the parvo virus. If your pet was sick, it was often up to the doctor’s expertise to determine what was wrong – diagnostic tools and testing equipment weren’t readily available.

Four decades ago, Dr. Reeves says, your local veterinarian was your only veterinarian – there were no specialists, no emergency care hospitals, no 24-hour hospitals.

“We were essentially charged with doing it all – we did all of the medicine, all of the surgery, we saw all the emergencies at night, all the critical care. In those days, there were no specialists, no ‘-ologists,’ as I call them,” Dr. Reeves said. “Today, we have every kind of specialist in every discipline they can be.”

The medical advancements are, of course, for the best. Your pets, like any other family member, deserve the best care possible, and when there are veterinarians specializing in every type of “-ology,” it’s easier to get them exactly what they need.

But that’s not to say that those early days weren’t fond memories for Dr. Reeves. He remembers meeting clients at all hours of the night, in all types of weather, to treat their pets – and his clients remember, too.

“When you come up and meet somebody at 3 in the morning or 11 at night, it meant a lot to them – and it meant a lot to me, as well,” said Dr. Reeves.

In fact, it was perhaps these late-night or weekend or holiday calls that set the tone for Lancers Square Animal Clinic’s legacy, and the evolution of veterinary medicine since that first snowy day in January 1978 has helped the practice go the extra mile to provide the best care for every animal that comes through its doors.