Doctor takes job on the road in a satisfying career move


April 06, 2001|By Lourdes Sullivan | Lourdes Sullivan,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

ON ANY given evening, Dr. Thomas Lederman is on the road, traveling from one sick puppy to another. His office is in his Kings Contrivance home, his examining rooms in the homes of his patients. Dr. Lederman is a traveling veterinarian - and the world is his oyster.

Like most unusual occupations, this one came about by chance. Lederman grew up in Baltimore and attended the University of Maryland, College Park. After graduating from the University of Georgia, he returned to Maryland and began working for veterinarians.

Eventually, he wanted to open a practice. But there was a rub.

"I wanted to be my own boss without running a small animal hospital, deal with OSHA regulations or run a physical plant," Lederman said.

Indeed, the idea of having to lease office space and hire a receptionist seemed daunting. Lederman just wanted to be a vet. So he decided to take his act on the road.

"I work basically out of my car," Lederman said. "I do the exam in the people's home. I have my medical bag, a cooler for vaccines and my briefcase. It's served well for 20 years."

He keeps some supplies in his home and performs routine tests there, too.

The venture, Lederman said, has worked out more smoothly than he thought it would when he opened his roving practice. In part, he credits his fellow veterinarians for his success.

"We are colleagues more than competitors, and they cover for me," he said.

In turn, Lederman refers cases that require the full services of an animal hospital to other vets.

Lederman specializes in companion animals - the preferred word for pets - attending to dogs, cats, hamsters and other small critters.

His oddest patient was a chinchilla, an 8-inch, fur-bearing "cross between a squirrel and a kangaroo," Lederman said.

His unusual schedule, which often includes evenings, has served him well.

He gets out to Ravens and Baysox games, and arranges his schedule around his three children's school events. With daughters Shelby, a fifth-grader at Atholton Elementary, and Kirstin, a senior at Oakland Mills High School, and son Alan, a junior at the University of Maryland, College Park, Lederman has much to schedule around.

The job has other perks. He occasionally visits area schools for career days. And he gets a small pleasure out of going into what he calls "stealth mode," visiting patients of apartment dwellers who are not supposed to keep pets.

"I've had opportunities to join practices, but no real interest," Lederman said.

Information: 410-490-5800.

Easter schedule

Resurrection of Our Lord Roman Catholic Church has announced its schedule for Holy Week.

Palms will be distributed at all Palm Sunday Masses, 5 p.m. tomorrow and 8 a.m., 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. Sunday, as well as at the 12:30 p.m. Hispanic Sunday Mass. A parishwide Reconciliation service will be held at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.

On Holy Thursday, the Mass of the Lord's Supper will be celebrated at 7:30 p.m. On Good Friday, Stations of the Cross will be offered twice - at 3 p.m. in English and at 9 p.m. in Spanish. A bilingual Good Friday service will be held at 7:30 p.m.

On Holy Saturday, the blessing of the food baskets will be held at noon.

On Saturday evening, at 7:30, the first Easter Mass will be celebrated. On Easter Sunday, Masses will be celebrated at 8 a.m., 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. in English and at 12:30 p.m. in Spanish.

The church is at 8402 Brock Bridge Road, in Laurel.

Emmanuel U.M.C. services

Emmanuel United Methodist Church, 10755 Scaggsville Road, Scaggsville, has announced the following Holy Week schedule.

On Palm Sunday, services will include a children's procession.

On Maundy Thursday, services will begin with a covered-dish supper at 6:30 p.m., followed by a worship service at 7:30 p.m.

On Good Friday, the church will be open for prayers and meditation from noon to 7 p.m.

On Easter Sunday, services will be held at 6:30 a.m., 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.

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