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