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.
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?
- Have a life- If your sent home early- go! On your days off, do what regenerates you and nothing more.
- 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.
- Let family and friends know it’s another year away, but when it’s over you’ll be back in their lives.
- Have a mantra. My mantra was “It’s only a year!”
- Sleep whenever possible. You may not be a napper now, but you will be soon.
- Talk to your friends in practice. They are overwhelmed and working long hours too. (They are just getting paid more).
- DO NOT CALCULATE YOUR HOURLY RATE- UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES. What’s the point, you have committed, so perform gracefully.
- Use every opportunity to learn- this is your year!
- It’s never too early to start deciding about residencies and internships (remember match comes up quick in the fall).
- Remember where you started, where you have been, and where you are going! Take it one day at a time.
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?
Feline stress and the accompanying health effects are hot topics for owners, as well as veterinarians.
Stress has a role in several behavioral conditions that cause cats to be relinquished:
- House soiling
- Urine marking/spraying
- Human and animal aggression (cat/dog fights)
Stress can also lead to several medical problems:
- Cystitis- bladder inflammation also called Feline Urologic Syndrome
- Feline urethral obstruction- a life threatening emergency!
- Alopecia/hair loss
- Obesity Continue reading Feline Stress: The Effect