Sometimes people come into our lives and make it just a little brighter. You know the type, the special kind of person that leaves an impression, their mark on an individual, on a community, or even in the greater country/world they live in. The one person that makes you forget about all that is wrong in this world.
Dr Barbara Deeb was this kind of person. She gave of her time, and her talents, and asked for very little in return.
Joel and I first met Dr Deeb around December 2000, not long after moving to Seattle, WA from Sydney, Australia. We had our furry friend Zonk (the ferret) who was in desperate need of a teeth cleaning. I called a couple of vets and was surprised by the cost for teeth cleaning. I also wanted to find someone who had expertise in dealing with ferrets. I just happened get in contact with Allpet Clinic in Shoreline which was owned and managed by Dr. Deeb.
She was the one Zonk dug his teeth into before, and after the first teeth cleaning procedure, and the one that was still happy to see him again, and again, and again.
Dr Deeb was the one who diagnosed Zonk with cancer; and she was the one who shared our pain with his loss. She was the one who would give us that certain mischievous smile every time we entered her clinic with yet another ferret.
Dr Deeb was a woman of few words, but she had a huge heart, and had a connection to every animal that entered her clinic. This month, while taking Ziggy for his monthly lupron injection we were informed that Dr Deeb passed away on May 9, 2005. We will miss her greatly.
Only a few of her Accomplishments :
· First known to us rabbit lovers for her research on Pasteurella multocida. Because of her work, rabbits who used to be routinely euthanized or allowed to die untreated, can now survive for years on antibiotics which can control this bacteria.
· Founded Sound Diagnostics Lab in 1996. This lab tests for Pasteurella multocida, E. cuniculi, rabbit syphillis & tyzzers and supplies test results to veterinarians across the US helping them to correctly diagnose these diseases.
· Spoke at the House Rabbit Society Veterinary Conference in 1997. Presented numerous papers on ferret & rabbit medicine at a variety of other veterinary conferences and was looking forward to speaking at ICE (International Conference on Exotics) at the end of this month.
· Contributed Chapters to several veterinary books on rabbits & ferrets. The latest was the current edition of Ferrets, Rabbits and Rodents: Clinical Medicine and Surgery