Mark Opperman (if you do not know who he is and you are in the veterinary profession- find out) ends every lecture series with a quote that really rang true for me in 2013,
Always ask what has meaning and value and do or delegate accordingly.
At the end of 2012 I was getting up the learning curve and starting to need more from my career. Over this year I discovered my passion is business education for veterinary students and veterinarians to further progress our profession. I didn’t have this sentence in mind, but instead I started volunteering in different areas and here is what I accomplished:
Member of the Arizona VMA public relations committe- article published in Phoenix magazine on veterinary nutrition to help owners make wiser decisions.
Member of the Arizona VMA Young Leaders Council to influence the future of young veterinarians in organized veterinary medicine.
Both of these opportunities led to my nomination from the Arizona VMA to the AVMA Veterinary Leadership Conference, a conference that a year ago I was declined a scholarship.
Currently, I am working on an application for a 1 year appointment to AVMA Future Leader Program.
An email chain got me involved with an AAHA student initiative to create small groups learning about practice management issues to be debuted at the 2014 National Veterinary Business Association at NAVC and its own 3 days conference at AAHA.
I was hired as a part-time field veterinarian for Veterinary Pet Insurance VPI where I travel to vet schools and help them understand the financial state and challenges of our profession and some of the solutions.
I was appointed as an at-large chair on the board of American Associate Public Practice Veterinarians (AACPPV).
I traveled to Cancun for a Veterinary Emergency Critical Care (VECCS) continuing education conference.
I accepted a clinic manager position with the largest small animal emergency clinic in Phoenix.
Complete FRANK communications training.
My “passion” is probably most exemplified by my Twitter and blog accounts.
Quite a career year for a 2011 graduate!
Goals for 2014:
Become a 2014 AVMA Future Leader
Grow my on-line following and expand my website
Focus my continuing education efforts on exotics ECC
Grow into my management role as an emergency clinician
Most importantly, I found myself burning out at the end of 2013 and I need to continue these projects because they provide meaning and value for me, but I also need to find my balance. Part of that balancing process involved my coming to terms that I cannot sustain the graveyard shift life much longer. Another part is being mindful of how much I can have on my plate. I started out saying yes whenever a free slot in my schedule existed, but quickly realized that with travel, its deeper than that. Finding balance is important for me to be the most productive I can be in the aforementioned roles, my health, and my sanity.
Here’s to a balanced and equally achieving 2014!