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Former Sen. John Ensign Returns to Veterinary Work

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Less than 10 months after he resigned from a 16-year career in Congress, John Ensign has returned to his old life of being a veterinarian.

"Literally I'm studying you know 'til 10, 11 o'clock every night and just trying to make sure that I get back up to a very high level in veterinary medicine."

Ensign stepped down from the Senate in may after admitting to an affair with a staffer back in 2010.

Until his resignation, he hadn't practiced veterinary medicine for more than a decade.

He says he's finding new inspiration in his old passion and it's humbling to return to work at a the Las Vegas practice he once owned.

In an interview with CNN, Ensign said he's introspective - warning those still in politics not to let power get the best of them, like it did him. "Do everything that you possibly can to keep yourself grounded. And a big part of that is keep people surrounded, keep people around you who basically will slap you upside the head and tell you when you're doing wrong."

Ensign is still with his wife and says they're healing in the wake of the sex scandal.

Last spring the Senate Ethics Committee accused him of violating the law by trying to help his mistress' aggrieved husband find lobbying jobs. Ensign resigned three weeks before the report came out.

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