Poetry by Jamie Holms

For all of you who have ever held a paw during a euthanasia…..

Too many friends

i curl into you
on your death’s bed
your translucent paper skin
gives way
under the pressure of my needle
before your body cools
i will have found
yet another friend

Jamie Holms

About the Author
Jamie has over 17 years of experience in the veterinary field, most in emergency and critical care. In a prior life she was an animal control officer and a veterinary team manager for a 24 hour practice in Los Altos, California. Jamie is the Administrative Manager for Dr. Andy Roark and Uncharted Veterinary Conferences. Jamie is passionate about mental health and suicide prevention in the veterinary community and is a firm believer that education reduces stigma and increases survival. She is a certified Mental Health First Aid responder, QPR gatekeeper and certified gatekeeper instructor. Jamie is an administrative rockstar, organizational aficionado, tea geek, and workaholic – not necessarily in that order.