Fresno veterinarian Dr. Todd Conlan is preparing for his first deployment in Afghanistan.
It’s a surreal experience for Capt. Conlan who will turn 50 while overseas. Five years ago he decided he wanted to enter the Army Reserves after a 20 year break from the military.
“I had a feeling that I needed to do something to serve. It was something I did earlier in life,” Conlan said.
Capt. Conlan has worked at Waterhouse Animal Hospital in Fresno for the past 15 years. Unknown to most of his clients, one weekend a month he does medical and warrior task training in Southern California. In Afghanistan he will oversee food safety and treat military dogs for injuries he has never seen at Waterhouse Animal Hospital.
“Gunshot wounds, IED blasts, explosions. Those type of injuries,” Conlan said.
Conlan admits when he first learned he would be deployed he worried about his wife, twins at home and an adult daughter in Texas.
“There is some stress about the unknown. My stress is about my family and knowing they will be taken care of while I am gone,” he said.
Conlan feels confident in his training and the support the military is giving his family while he is deployed.
He says many clients are shocked to hear that he will soon be leaving to serve our country.
“Just remember that there are still people going overseas and deployed and away from their families. Showing support and encouragement. That’s what I would ask from people,” Conlan said.