32-Year-old Andre Sousa Santos has worked as a dedicated vet for the past nine years

Currently working in Lisbon, Portugal, at the Hospital Veterinário do Restelo, he has racked up over 61 000 followers on Instagram after he began posting pictures of himself and his adorable patients.

Andre also posts videos of his day, and shares his love for his career with his followers. He uses tricks of the trade to ensure his patients actually enjoy their visits instead of being fearful of the experience.

“I believe that food is the best positive reinforcement in dogs,” says Andre on his Instagram. “With food, in 20 seconds, I de-wormed and vaccinated this puppy! I do the physical exam and vaccination on the ground, at the same level of the patient. I think we give them more confidence and they get happier and calmer!”

Andre believes that veterinary consultations don’t need to be a traumatic experience for the animals. He tries to use his Instagram account to educate owners on how to look after their pets.

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He gushes over all of his patients from skittish kittens to chubby pugs. “Gotta love this breed!” he says of one of his pug patients. “They aren’t pretty, they are fatty, they snore, they are crazy…. but damnnn… they are adorable.”

Take a look at some of the images from Dr Andre’s practice below:

 

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Again – POSITIVE REINFORCEMENT in big puppys! . I believe that food is the best positive reinforcement in dogs, actually I think they don’t even realize what are they doing while they are eating! With food, in 20seconds, I dewormed and vaccinated this puppy! Personally I do the physical exam and vaccination on the ground, at the same level of the patient. I think we give them more confidence and they get happier and calmer ! VETERINARY CONSULTATIONS doesn’t need to be a traumatic experience ☺️🙂! . . : : . #veterinarymedicine #vaccinateyourpets #vetlife #vaccination #puppy #dog #labradorretriever #puppys @barked @labrador_._retriever @puppystagrams @vet.only @vetsnobiety @9gag @8fact

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Back to basics

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Poodle…. toy…. baby….! Just a mini sample of a mini breed! #caniche #poodle #toy #minion

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