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Perez on Medicine in cream lettering on a dark green background.

The Veterinarian

Surgeon examining the arm of an orangutan, surrounded by both wild and domestic animals. Copyright: This image may not be saved locally, modified, reproduced, or distributed by any other means without the written permission of the copyright owners.

The Veterinarian by Jose Perez
(Oil on Canvas, 24 in x 30 in, 61.5 cm x 77 cm)

Copyright: This image may not be saved locally, modified, reproduced, or distributed by any other means without the written permission of the copyright owners.


Perez has an unusual love for animals of all kinds, and it shows in this painting. His veterinarian has a kind and wise demeanor that would do justice to the veterinarian in All Creatures Great and Small.

With the baby orangutan clearly bawling out a high note as the doctor removes an offending splinter, the concerned creatures of the woods gather around to await the result with an empathy that perhaps only animals can show. Body language is certainly not limited to humans, and this work of art tells us that veterinary medicine has rewards that human medicine cannot share.