For most people reading this, you are probably aware of the tragic news of Dr. Sophia Yin’s death. This is truly a tragic loss for our profession on multiple levels. While many others who knew her better have written powerful tributes, I could not help but document how this event has affected me.
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
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
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 medicine is riddled with gray areas where compassion and legality walk a fine line. The debate over pet relinquishment to clinics has become a controversial topic. Prior to a recent case, I had not had much experience with the situation. I felt if we can help the animal we should in any way possible. If the owner cannot provide the care the animal needs and elects to give it to someone else to provide that care, what is the problem? Continue reading Pet Relinquishment: To Be or Not To Be?