Pittsburgh Zoo Names Child With Leukemia Honorary Veterinarian

Through the Make-A-Wish Foundation, a 7-year-old got to be a veterinarian for the day.

"Dr. Emily" got to live out her dream of becoming a veterinarian.


When 7-year-old Emily expressed her dream of one day becoming a veterinarian, the Make-A-Wish Foundation, with the help of the Pittsburgh Zoo, made it happen. The young leukemia patient got to visit the zoo and PPG Aquarium and help treat the animals.

To treat the animals, however, she needed to be a veterinarian. The Pittsburgh Zoo was on top of it, naming her Honorary Veterinarian, giving her blue scrubs complete with her name and even calling her “Dr. Emily” throughout the day, wpxi.com reports. Dr. Emily’s first patient was an alligator named Hawkeye, and you can see from the video below that she was both excited and nervous to be living out her dream. After treating Hawkeye and recording all the necessary notes concerning the alligator’s exam, Dr. Emily got to help examine a tenrec and then assist in trimming the beak of a penguin.

We’re guessing this was a dream come true for Emily and would be for any animal lover and aspiring veterinarian like her.

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