Ever since he was a young child, Dr. Thomas McDavitt held on to the dream of becoming a veterinarian. Despite some opposition from well-meaning professionals during high school and college, Thomas forged ahead, taking the classes he needed and volunteering himself in various clinics and zoos to increase his knowledge and skills. Several professionals expressed concern that being deaf might hinder him from performing the tasks needed to work with animals. “How will you hear the heartbeat and lungs?” they asked.
Profoundly deaf, Dr. McDavitt uses his hands to tell him what his ears cannot. He feels for lung congestion and heartbeats combined with information from an assistant and refers any animal to a specialist if there are any concerns.
Dr. McDavitt runs his own practice in Hickory Hills, Illinois. Read more about this veterinarian here:
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