Category Archives: Career

My First Veterinary Management Year: A Retrospective

SLC-Circle-3There have been many changes and challenges over the last few weeks at my clinic. Possibly the most important one is that after 22 years my clinic supervisor and partner in crime decided to pursue a different veterinary opportunity.  He was loved by the team and extremely knowledgeable and helpful. His decision came as a shock to the staff, doctors, and the entire company.

When he told me, I was speechless. I kept wondering if I can lead this team on my own. Who will make the schedule, helped monitor controlled drugs, and the list went on.

We were also due for a quarterly team meeting. I decided to have the meeting without him, leading our clinic all by myself.

Of course, my manager wanted to observe the meeting and then meet with me. Nervous and frazzled, as I am before every team meeting (no matter how much I prepare), the meeting was a success. Multiple people noted the dynamic change in staff morale and enthusiasm. Employee engagement and clinic pride is at an all time high. I feel liked, trusted, and respected. After the meeting some of the staff mentioned what a nice meeting it was, even without my cohort, their chief, as he was nicknamed.

I stopped dead in my tracks and  wondered how did I accomplish this? Continue reading My First Veterinary Management Year: A Retrospective

Veterinarians: Are We Salespeople?

Dr. Dean Scott

In veterinary school aka “the ivory tower,” we are taught what is termed the “gold-standard” of veterinary care. It includes complete diagnostics (blood tests, imaging, etc) to try to reach a diagnosis and consider all medical possibilities, while initially ruling out the most common diseases with the least invasive diagnostics. Where vet school fails is teaching students (most of whom will become real-world practitioners), how to develop an alternative plan when clients choose not to, for monetary or other reasons, perform all available diagnostics. Continue reading Veterinarians: Are We Salespeople?

Veterinary Internships Part Three: Survival
  1. Have a life- If your sent home early- go! On your days off, do what regenerates you and nothing more.
  2. Select elective rotations that you will love. It’s the only down time you have. Select rotations early, as some popular ones (Humane Societies, Zoos) can fill up a year in advance.
  3. Let family and friends know it’s another year away, but when it’s over you’ll be back in their lives.
  4. Have a mantra. My mantra was “It’s only a year!”
  5. Sleep whenever possible. You may not be a napper now, but you will be soon.
  6. Talk to your friends in practice. They are overwhelmed and working long hours too. (They are just getting paid more).
  7. DO NOT CALCULATE YOUR HOURLY RATE- UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES.  What’s the point, you have committed, so perform gracefully.
  8.  Use every opportunity to learn- this is your year!
  9. It’s never too early to start deciding about residencies and internships (remember match comes up quick in the fall).
  10.  Remember where you started, where you have been, and where you are going! Take it one day at a time.

Students Interested in Practice Ownership: We Need You!


The Veterinary Pet Insurance –Veterinary Economics Financial Healthy study has highlighted many subtle, but concerning facets of our professions’ financial state on a personal level. Continue reading Students Interested in Practice Ownership: We Need You!

Personal Update Q1 2014

It’s been over a month since I posted about how to balance my life, and posted at all. I did set some goals. I even met with several mentors to try to pave a career vision, mission and goals. I also hoped to find some aspect of my extracurricular career I could cut out. I am still searching for that piece(s). In fact, I tried to de-volunteer myself from a committee and was told I was needed and they would work around my schedule. Yikes! Continue reading Personal Update Q1 2014