As a veterinarian passionate about practical veterinary education and student debt, I have supported the brand new Midwestern University’s Veterinary College that opened this Fall in my backyard of Glendale, AZ. A piece of me, however, is apprehensive about the future of this student class (annual tuition is $52, 400 excluding living expenses) and this new generation of practitioners, as we try to navigate the seas of exorbitant student debt coupled with stagnant salaries. Even scarier, is that these challenges could be heightened by research that indicates we may not need an ever-increasing number of veterinarians.
In Atlantic’s September 2014 Education Issue, “The Law School Scam,“ examines the crisis in legal graduate education. My jaw dropped as I read this article and realized that this is not a veterinary or law school issue; this is a graduate education in America issue. However, if the legal profession (where I wrongly assumed everyone makes six figures) is burdened, where does that leave veterinary medicine, the lowest paid health profession? Continue reading The “Vet- School” Scam
My husband and I were riding in Sedona, AZ this weekend. He has been a huge supporter of my career and my blog/website from the beginning. Because of his support, he also likes to offer his opinion. So, as we were riding back to the resort, his comment to me was, “You have to decide whether your blog is geared only to women veterinarians; you keep focusing on women’s issues.”
I chuckled and replied, that’s the whole point. We need men to lean in with us and help push us forward. We cannot break through the glass ceiling without the support and understanding of males too. This is not just a “women’s” issue. He disagreed.
Fast forward a few days and there is Emma Watson speaking to the UN on the He for She campaign, more beautifully articulating the same issues. Continue reading Something Funny Happened on the Mountain Bike Trail
Part 2 of Interview with Vetgirl’s Justine Lee: Veterinary Career Morsels…yummy!
- Any survival tips for those struggling through vet school or residencies/internships.
- When in doubt, work hard; play hard (that’s her mantra!)
- Find something that makes you passionate about what you do.
- Find your escape (for both of us it is running/hiking)
- Reach out for support and exercise.
- Take the time to care for yourself.
Continue reading Interview Series: Vetgirl’s Justine Lee’s Veterinary Career Morsels
I recently had the opportunity to meet and network with Dr. Justine Lee, DACVECC, DABT, and creator of Vetgirl. She is truly a female, entrepreneurial veterinarian advancing our profession in all the right ways. Meeting her at AVMA Convention, along with the WVLDI workshop the day before inspired me to start an interview segment to my blog. I was hoping it would be less work than original material. Instead, I found myself editing and rejoicing in the abundant material her career provided. As a result, the first Veterinary Brainstorm Interview with Justine Lee will be broken into 2 parts:
Part 1: Getting to Know Vetgirl’s Dr. Justine Lee Continue reading Interview Series: Getting to Know Vetgirl’s Dr. Justine Lee
As a huge Sheryl Sandberg fan, after reading her iconic book Lean In in January 2014, I have tried to be mindful of those times when I do not “lean in.” For those of you who have not read her book (and you must), through major research and her own career, Sandberg believes women do not “lean in” to opportunities in their careers for a variety of reasons. Many of these reasons we do have control over.
Last week I met informally with my company’s female CEO. I noted multiple times during our conversation that I was not “leaning in.” See below.
Lean In Violation 1: Not accepting credit for a job well done.
She praised my work over my last year as manager. The morale at my location is at an all-time high, our revenue is up and client feedback is exceptionally positive. Even prior managers of the same location, were impressed with my leadership. While I may have had hand in some of these accomplishment, all I could think about was blaming others for my success and finding the imperfections. Well it could not have possibly been me? Continue reading There’s More Room at the Table: Time to Lean In More