My cat Egypt may not be crazy about him (nothing personal, of course), but I think he’s one of the best veterinarians I’ve ever had–and I’ve had many for my cats through the years. If you’re traveling with your cat or dog or settling here in Malta with a pet, Dr. Zoran Jankovic is the man to call for a regular check-up or a health problem that crops up. Dr. Jankovic hails from Croatia and is happy to tell you how he came to settle in Malta.
Luckily, I never needed Dr. Zoran (as I call him) for anything really serious. He would come in the spring and/or summer to apply a topical medicine to rid my cat of fleas. We could never figure out exactly how she got them since she never went outside and never came into contact with other animals. But he was adamant about not using something like Frontline–a popular multi-pest concoction that he felt did more harm than good. And, as he predicted, it didn’t work for my cat. But his serum did.
There are several things I really liked about Dr. Zoran. First, the home visits. While he does do surgery in a clinic, he routinely makes home visits for simple things like annual check-ups and inoculations.
Next, I admire his confidence. I always felt like he was sure of his knowledge and skill, but not so much so that he wouldn’t admit he didn’t know something and would need to do more research.
I also like that before anything else, Dr. Zoran is a human being. He may spend most of his time treating animals, but he is also super sensitive to the needs of their human companions. He sees the pet and his or her “owner” as a unit–not separate entities. He knows that the feelings and behavior of one will affect the other. This fits in with Dr. Zoran’s philosophy of homeopathy–of carefully treating illness with balance and the consideration of all aspects of an animal’s life–symptoms, socialization, nutrition, behavior, etc.
Because of this, I never felt that Dr. Zoran was into over-treating just for the sake of making money.
Something I know Dr. Zoran does, which I don’t think many vets do, is to discuss with families or companions how to say goodbye to pets who are dying. In this respect, Dr. Zoran sees the end of life as a part of life and not a failure of veterinary medicine. I’m glad I never had to use Dr. Zoran for this reason, but I’m sure he would have been very compassionate if I had had to.
The last time I saw Dr. Zoran was when he filled out the necessary documents for me to leave Malta and return to the US with my cat Egypt. It was a bittersweet goodbye. He had grown to like Egypt and me, and I was loathe to leave a wonderful vet and person.
For those of you who will choose Dr. Jankovic to take care of your pet in Malta, you’re in for a very valuable relationship. As for Egypt and me, we’ll have to find another veterinarian in Albuquerque, and Dr. Jankovic will be a tough–and a lot more expensive–act to follow.
Contact Info for Dr. Jankovic:
Dr. Zoran D. Jankovic, Veterinary Surgeon
Mobile in Malta.: +356-9984-8689