Skip to comments.From senators to animals: Lawmaker who fell from grace now working as a vet
Posted on 02/20/2012 6:26:47 PM PST by afraidfortherepublic
Las Vegas (CNN) -- One minute, he's checking a cat's mouth for gingivitis. The next, he's carefully bandaging a dog's bloody, broken nail.
This could be any hard-working veterinarian tending to ailing animals. But the embroidered name on his crisp white medical coat bears a familiar name: Dr. John Ensign.
He's better known as former Nevada Sen. John Ensign, who abruptly announced his resignation 10 months ago amid a high-profile sex scandal.
"I built this," Ensign told CNN in an exclusive interview inside West Flamingo Animal Hospital, where he now works.
"It was the first 24-hour animal hospital in Las Vegas, and Dr. Yak [the current owner] bought this from me, and now I'm working for him," he mused, calling it humbling, yet also "a very healthy thing to have happen in life."
Ensign was the only veterinarian in Congress. He hadn't practiced since becoming a U.S. senator more than a decade ago.
Ensign took CNN on an exclusive tour of the animal hospital, just a few blocks west of the Bellagio hotel and famous Las Vegas Strip. Stopping to look at a large dog getting a digital X-ray, he points to the image.
"You can tell he's had a crushed pelvis there," he said.
"You see our X-ray equipment? It's all digital now."
He said he works hard to get up to speed on the changes in technology and techniques since he was elected to the Senate.
"Literally, I'm studying, you know, till 10, 11 o'clock every night and just trying to make sure that I get back up to a very high level in veterinary medicine," Ensign said.
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Former Nevada Sen. John Ensign now works as a veterinarian at a hospital in Las Vegas.
....and Nurse Goodpill
Doggie? wtf is that creature on the right?
That creature on the right is the good doctor, don’tcha know.
You’re bad LOL.
I'm bad? I wear normal sized clothes. I only have to buy one ticket to fly in an airplane, or to ride a bus. I don't have to have my car suspension reinforced just so I can sit in it without it scraping the ground. I can fit through a door. ghhhhhhhhaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaag me!
Well, at least he has a real job again.
Well, at least he has a real job again
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Maybe so, BUT can you trust a POL to take care of your pets?
A lot better job line being a vet versus a blood sucking lawyer !
Another politician, gone to the dogs.
Republican politicians have honest, real jobs they can do outside of politics.
Good for him, for going out and getting, or re-getting, a J.O.B.
I live in Las Vegas. I don’t know a lot about him, not being here long enough, but the few times I wrote him on issues of concern, his responses (or staff responses) were always conservative and on my side of the issues. The sad thing is that Dems get away with things similar to what he did and they’re applauded. Conservatives are practically burned at the stake. I wonder if he’ll take an insane German Shepherd as a patient. I actually know where the office is. My last vet said not to bring him back, until he realized maybe the dog hated him because he cut his balls off, and the dog was muzzled with a double lead as well as tranquilized. I try to be a responsible dog owner, but it’s hard to hold my dog’s reaction to the vet against him.
I agree.....he promoted himself. Good for him! Veterinarians have good hearts.
Well, at least the guy is now working in the private sector!