Notable neighbors: Bischoff: Hardest part of job is saying goodbye

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SHERIDAN — Dr. Mack Bischoff was raised on a ranch in Lovell, Wyo. He attended Sheridan College, where he played on the basketball team, followed by time at the University of Wyoming.

He went on to attend the veterinary school at Colorado State University and graduated in 1967. He returned to Sheridan in 1978 and opened his veterinary office where he practices large and small animal medicine, with a concentration on small or companion animals.

He recently sold his practice to Dr. Jennifer Gage but will continue to work two days a week.

“At 71 and a half years old, I figured I should slow down,” he said.

I knew I wanted to be a veterinarian when…I helped the local veterinarian in my hometown of Lovell deliver calves on our ranch. I was a sophomore in high school and made a commitment to make working on animals my life’s work.

When I retire, the thing I will miss most is…my clients and all their pets and horses. My clients have been very kind to me and I love them.

The secret to being a good veterinarian is…to care about the patients and their owners, and give your all to them.

I learned everything I know from…hard work.

The hardest thing about working with animals is…saying goodbye to them and helping them to be released from this earthly life. But it is my obligation and desire to be there for their owners and help them through that difficult, heartbreaking ordeal.

My next project will be…spending more time with my wife, Kelly, and with the rest of my family.

My favorite activity to do around Sheridan is…spend time in the Bighorn Mountains, especially on our ranch on the Lovell side of the Bighorns.

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