Thank you for your suggestions and support everyone. It means so much.
The more I noodle this the more I wonder...the whole practice went through a huge change in the last few years and moved to a newer, bigger and rumouredly highly expensive building. I began to receive emails from what seems to be some kind of CEO either wanting surveys filled out or to remind me to refill certain prescriptions and those now had drug manufacturer's coupons that I get mailed every month. I always asked for this particular vet and this may have given some indication that I wasn't interested in having other vets see my animals. My vet is not the only one to leave either, one other is said to have 'moved back down south to be closer to family' and there are at least four new vets on staff I've never seen nor heard of before. And there are many new nurses and receptionists there that I don't know (one nurse in particular is very good and I do like her) and there is also the other vet who saved one of our dogs from GDV still there whom I am scheduling my cat with for urinary issues this weekend...he just doesn't see exotics.
After doing some research I fear politics may indeed be at work, (more like a cabal) but some of the changes may also be due to a new university program to try to encourage local vet students to come back to Alaska to practice after vet finishing school in Colorado.
All I know is she's gone to study. I don't believe she's leaving Alaska necessarily, her major indicates not. She also said as much in our conversations. I realize that could change but I kind of hope not. Even if she doesn't return as a vet or set up her own practice (I have some property going spare she could use
) I'd just like to keep in touch because she is a friend. She saved Shadow's life back in 09 and that alone was enough for me. The extra year we had with him was all because of her. If they have turfed her out it is their loss.
I do think I can find her through the uni, but fear I would be overstepping my bounds doing so...yet I realize handing a card to the office could be a wrong choice as well.
*sigh* It's a huge dilemma.
And I really hope she didn't leave because of anything I said or did...especially since Mimzy's headtilt...I can be a colossal pest, you know, but I just wouldn't want her kindnesses to me to have prompted her dismissal instead of her leaving for her own reasons. :'(