I just adore Dr. Kevin Fitzgerald from Emergency Vets on Animal Planet. What can you tell me about him?
—Vickie B., Texas
First of all, we can tell you that he had quite an interesting life before he became a veterinarian. Though he applied to enter vet school after graduating from the University of Colorado, he didn't get in. "They said, 'show us you're serious. Do something in the field and apply again.'" So he went back to school, earned his master's degree and a Ph.D., and spent his summers working as a bouncer and touring with artists such as Willie Nelson, the Rolling Stones, and Elvis Presley. After a stint of teaching at the University of Hawaii, he reapplied to vet school and got in, graduating in 1983, and finally setting out on the career he always wanted. He practices at Alameda East in Denver, often working into the night. "Some people might see the next patient as a number, but I see them as a member of somebody's family. If an owner thinks it's important enough to call me, then I think it's important enough to see them," Fitzgerald says. Outside of work, the doctor has a thriving sideline as a stand-up comedian, and is currently working on his own CD.