Dr. Mark Goldstein: He’s Done it All in Veterinary Medicine


Rolling into the New Year with a legend in veterinary medicine, Dr. Mark Goldstein who reveals something very personal HERE on Steve Dale’s Pet World, WGN Radio.

Over his long career, Dr.Goldstein has done it all, from a zoo director to President/CEO humane societies to working with mostly pets with cancers at Angell Memorial Hospital and in private practice treating companion animals. We discuss some anecdotes from his book, Lions and Tigers and Hamsters: What Animals Large and Small Taught Me About Life, Love, and Humanity, and we talk about life and the human animal bond. It’s a bond we have with companion animals which he says is more intense than ever. But can you be too bonded?

We taped this interview just prior to the passing of Betty White, and we coincidentally bring up her name as we discuss the difference between animal welfare and animal rights, a topic which I have also discussed with Betty.

Dr. Goldstein answers why we have zoos and why we need zoos, and touches on conservations programs.

Dr. Goldstein recalls what happened when an elephant made a decision which almost end his life.

Recently diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, Dr. Goldstein offers a perspective which so few have – he’s upbeat about the future and asks that every day, we simply say “thank you.” And thank the person by name. He says, “You’ll feel better for it.” He expresses his distress and concerns regarding the divisiveness in our society.

Fear Free

On the website FearFreeHappyHomes.com. It’s a fun to read but science-based peer reviewed journal for all of you.

And the story of the great camel race. It’s kind of like the movies, It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad World.