Jason Labes, DVM
BVetMed – The Royal Veterinary College, University of London, 2014
Why Emergency Medicine?
I actually came back to ER 5 years after graduating. When I started school, my firm intention was to pursue an internship and then a specialty in critical care. That didn’t happen, and I ended up working in general practice. However, I never lost my interest in the spontaneity of emergency. I enjoy being a calm center and bringing order into a potentially chaotic situation. I love the puzzle of figuring out why things are happening (even if they turn out not being as awful as first suspected); and I am very gratified when I can calm a client and make them feel that whatever the outcome, they did everything to the best of their ability and made the best (and most informed) possible decisions.
Dr. Labes joined VEG in April of 2019, and worked at the South Brooklyn location; before taking the position of Medical Director in our Newton, MA hospital. He has worked previously in general practice, emergency, and mixed animal practice; both in urban and suburban NYC, and also in rural Vermont. His particular interests are in diagnostic imaging, anaesthesia/analgesia, and exotics (in particular small fuzzy mammals and reptiles). He also loves dentistry, but doesn’t get to do very much in the emergency setting.
Dr. Labes lives in Woodstock, VT with four cats (as they say on Facebook, “it’s complicated”) and his six year old daughter. Outside of work, major interests are reading, video games, cycling, flying, his piano, interesting new beers, and a very large science fiction/fantasy habit.
Get to know me
If I were a superhero, my superpower would be:
What are you happiest doing when you’re not working?
Helping my daughter explore her world and learn as much as possible.
What has been the most rewarding part of your career/position?
Helping guide new doctors to find what’s best about themselves.
The best piece of advice I’ve ever been given is:
You have the knowledge. Slow down, relax, breathe, think; and you’ll usually get there in the end