A Career of a Lifetime Becomes a Fight of a Lifetime

Written by: Caitlin McCafferty
Published on: Apr 14, 2022

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According to Marty Becker, DVM, an introduction for a speaker is a commercial about them and their life. When it came time to introduce the third day’s keynote speaker at the Fetch dvm360® San Diego Conference, Becker, greeted the packed room by giving a heartfelt commercial full of memories, funny stories, and praise about his colleague and longtime friend Mark Goldstein, DVM.

“Mark is currently facing the battle of his life, something he says causes your life to speed up and slow down at the same time but never stop laughing,” Becker said, reflecting on his friend and his fight with pancreatic cancer.

Goldstein has had an exceptional career, often being referred to as a unicorn by his peers because of his many proverbial hats: zoo director, president of the San Diego Humane Society, veterinarian, author, husband, father, grandfather, friend, and countless other titles he has carried throughout his life. Following his diagnosis of pancreatic cancer, Goldstein reflected on the people and pets that have shaped him into the person he is today.

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