More than a profession: Wayne Davis earns nod as Moffat County’s best veterinarian
While in college, Wayne Davis had a part-time job at a veterinary clinic and knew something was special about the work he was doing.
“With all the jobs I held between high school and college, everything was always interesting at first, but then got boring,” Davis said. “When I started working with veterinary medicine, I knew it would never get boring.”
Davis, owner of the Craig Veterinary Hospital, 73 Commerce St., was voted best veterinarian in the Craig Daily Press’ 2011 Best of Moffat County contest.
Beginning in 1987, Davis has worked as a vet in Nebraska, Idaho and Oregon, but the Woodland Park native wanted to be back in Colorado.
“I became homesick for Colorado, so I came to Craig in 1992,” he said. “Colorado has a sense of freedom about it, where you can go places and not worry about it being private land.”
Davis said he likes everything about his job, especially working with the animals.
More notable animals he has treated include hawks, eagles, badgers, and even an elephant when the circus came to town.
“The clients and the animals are the most important part of the work I do,” he said. “Everyone that works in the office loves animals and it is not just a job for them. We all enjoy what we do.”
Davis said the difference between his clinic and nearby clinics are the people who work in the office.
“I never expected to own my own clinic or be a boss because this job isn’t about the money,” he said. “We try to be as personal as possible with everyone and want to do a good job with every animal.”
Being voted Moffat County’s best veterinarian, Davis said, is like a “vote of confidence” in his work.
“The thing that means more than anything to me is trust from the people who come into my clinic,” he said. “Along with the trust comes responsibility, and I consider some of my clients my good friends.”