Dr. Scott Driever
Why did you become a veterinarian?
I am not someone who knew I wanted to be a veterinarian from a very early age. I came to this calling later than most. I discovered that I loved science as a young child, but it was not my passion. I attended Texas A&M with the intention to become an accountant, because this was what the FBI was looking for at that time and I wanted to be in the FBI. That was all well and good until I took my first accounting class, and let’s just say I discovered that what you want and how you are wired are not always the same. I was enjoying my science classes, so I switched my major to Biomedical Science which was a blessing in disguise as it is the only undergraduate degree in the veterinary school. My professors were all veterinarians, and my studies opened my eyes to the vast and diverse world of veterinary medicine.
Once I knew I wanted to go to veterinary school, I thought I wanted to study viruses. Once I really got into my studies I saw the clinical side of medicine, and I was hooked. I am blessed to have found a calling that dovetails with how my brain works and how I am wired. I was not always sociable and was quite the introvert in school (I know, hard to believe), but once I began my career at Animal Hospital Highway 6 I realized that relationships are everything and now I can't imagine doing anything else. I love connecting with my patients and their people and being a part of their lives and am truly honored to be a member of this wonderful profession where we get to help pets and their people every single day.
What is your goal with every patient visit?
My goal with every patient is to provide them the best life possible and to provide their humans the information they need to make informed decisions. That can be what to feed your brand-new puppy or kitten or helping someone know when it’s time to say good-bye and everything in between. People ask all the time, "Don't you wish your patients could talk?" I always answer them with, "They do, we just need to know how to listen."
Who makes up your family?
My wife, Susan, who is also the practice manager of the hospital. She became a Certified Veterinary Practice Manager in January of 2021 and I’m thankful to have her by my side helping to run our family business. We have two teenage boys and the entire family is involved in Scouts BSA. Our oldest recently earned his Eagle rank and his brother is not far behind him. We welcomed our dog Ruby into our family in 2015. She doesn't know she's a dog, so if you see her, don't say anything.
Do you have a mantra or philosophy that you live by?
I must look no further that the Golden rule for my mantra. I believe that if everyone treated others exactly like they wanted to be treated we would be better off. The secondary mantra that I try to uphold is simply stated, "Don't be a jerk."