Edmond veterinarian Tyler Mollet treats strictly dogs and cats. As a kid, he was allergic to cats but — thankfully, for the good of his future profession — he grew out of that.
But when his kids' pediatrician asked him if he treated hamsters, Mollet couldn't turn her away. The poor rodents were scratching, chewing and pulling out their hair.
Turns out, the hamsters had a skin mite, much like the separate mites that strike dogs and cats and treatable by a similar ointment, only in micro levels, said Mollet, who sees 15 to 20 animals a day, 300 days a year, including half-day Saturdays.
His business, Glen Eagles Pet Hospital, employs 10. Most days, Mollet arrives by 9 a.m. and leaves by 6:30 p.m., though sometimes as late as 8 p.m., for his 35-minute commute to his home north of Chandler.
From his leased 2,800-square-foot clinic at 1000 NW 150, Mollet, 38, sat down with The Oklahoman to talk about his professional and personal life. This is an edited transcript:
Q. Tell us about your roots?
A. My dad was raised in Elk City on a cotton, wheat and cattle farm, where my grandmother, 91, still lives. My mom, who's originally from Pennsylvania, moved with her family to Muskogee for her dad to work for an airline. They, a year later, relocated to Pensacola, Florida, where my mom's mom, 89, still lives and where we vacationed every July growing up.
My mom stayed behind and went to OSU, where she earned a bachelor's in science and met my dad, who went to vet school there.
My parents raised us — I'm the oldest of five — in Yukon. He ran his own veterinarian practice for 25 years in Bethany, and my mom, a former medical technologist, when I was a teenager, went back to school to earn her education degree and taught middle school biology. They are both retired now and live in the same house where I grew up, near the Wilshire exit on the Kilpatrick Turnpike.
Q. What was your first pet?
A. An Irish setter named Traveler. I was 9 when she died of a condition that twists the stomach of large breed dogs. Dad had (treated) her twice before.
Q. What were the highlights of your school days?
A. I worked as a kennel technician for my dad, from age 13 to college, and played basketball in school. I was a typical ornery boy but, in the ninth grade, I decided to get serious and started taking honors classes. My brain thought science and math, and I graduated with a 4.2 GPA.