We had the good fortune of connecting with Nissan Mosapor and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Nissan, why did you pursue a creative career?
My first experience working in a vet hospital was part of an after school program at my high school, which was when I fell in love with the profession. In the veterinary field, we talk about a moment that drew us into the profession. I think my moment occurred at a young age when I would rescue the bees and insects in the community pool. My mom always told me I had a special way with animals and I felt there was this unspoken bond I had with them.
I’ve now worked in specialty veterinary hospitals for 20 years and have held every position other than a veterinarian. Working within many hospitals, I saw what worked and what didn’t and I wanted to be part of creating something that not only was known for providing excellent medicine but also a place employees could fulfill their passions and thrive.
I will probably work my entire life doing something I love and I still love working in the veterinary field.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I was born and raised in Los Angeles by my single mom with my grandmother and sister. We lived in the San Fernando Valley for most of my childhood, then relocated to Beverly Hills when I was in fifth grade, as my mom wanted us to have access to a good school district and education. She worked extremely hard to provide for us, putting herself through court reporting school so we could afford to live in the city.
We were by no means well off growing up, so I understood and appreciated things that money can’t buy. I know what it means to struggle. My father was an uneducated Israeli man and one of nine brothers who learned to survive in the streets. Although he wasn’t around for most of my life, I definitely got my entrepreneurial spirit from him and my compassion and love for animals and mankind from my mom and grandmother.
When I founded Metropolitan Animal Specialty Hospital (MASH) with three of my former colleagues, we all shared the same vision, which was to create a place where veterinary medicine is as important as how we treat each other. Since we opened our doors four years ago, we’ve continued to invest in our staff and our staff continues to invest in us through passion and hard work. Our goal was and is to create a community-run hospital where someday, our staff would feel empowered to take the reins. In my opinion, when you put in the effort to take care of all of your employees, the profits take care of themselves.
Understanding people and being resourceful was key to the success of MASH. We are all the same – same struggles, same successes. They may be for different reasons and on different levels, but we experience the same emotions, so it’s important to be compassionate. I didn’t always know how I was going to come up with solutions, but I always found a way. Utilizing these two factors was paramount in establishing the culture and success of the hospital.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
The last couple books that I really enjoyed reading were “The Fountainhead” and “The Alchemist.”