Not only a great vet - a great person
My dachshund became suddenly seriously ill the weekend before last with what we later found was a terminal autuimmune disorder, attacking her b-l-o-o-d cells (why is this considered an inappropriate word?). Even though she wasn't exhibiting very clear symptoms - something just wasn't right. Dr. Mortimer trusted my instincts and ran some tests. He marvelled at how sweet my dog was. Most vets seem so clinical and detached - but with him, it's obvious that he is a real animal lover.
Unfortunately, Dr. Mortimer was gone for the weekend, but he spent extra time with the oncall vet, explaining everything. When her condition worsened and we had to call the other doctor, he was ready for us. When it was revealed that she had a b-l-o-o-d disease and needed a transfusion, they sent us to a critical care clinic who could give the transfusion. They called them and faxed her records over there and they were waiting for us when we arrived. Ironicially the vet, who happened to be working there that day, was Dr. Mortimer's wife, who was also very compassionate.
Dr. Mortimer didn't forget us - he contacted the critical care clinic every single day that week, to check up on Ernestine. The day we had to euthanize her (which was so very painful beyond words), he called us just hours after it happened, and left this really sweet message, offering his condolensces and reassured us that we made the right decisions (tried our best and knew when to let her go). We even received a beautiful card from the clinic, personally signed by him, another vet that saw her in the past and the staff.
I really can't say enough about how wonderful Dr. Mortimer has been.