A couple of years ago, I heard about an alternative to the New Year’s Resolution.  Instead of making a list of resolutions that will likely be broken by February (something I am very guilty of), you...

Some of you may have read a recent article I wrote “Four Reasons Techs Are Leaving the Field.” If you haven’t, I’ll give you the cliff notes version: Underutilization, low pay, compassion...

It was Christmas, 1997 and I was living in Edmonton, AB. There were three vets at the small animal practice where I worked. The boss and owner was named Sue, but I’ll call her Schmoo, because that is...

I am more excited than I probably should be about the upcoming movie with the magical creatures from the Harry Potter stories.  If I had attended Hogwarts, obviously my favorite subject would have been...

Dr. Andy Roark spoke at my veterinary school graduation less than 6 months ago. I remember being inspired by his words; his advice and wishes for our future were so…right, so applicable, so funny. Now,...

We recently hired a new doctor at our busy suburban practice outside of Philadelphia. We have 11 doctors, but one in particular was a part of something SHOCKING! Every day I noticed she would make a point...

I am a veterinary surgical oncologist at a teaching institution. I’ve also spent three years in general practice and feel like I have a good relationship with my RDVMs (referring veterinarians),...

I was looking for a fight.  The client knew it and was calling me out on it.  I had been angry since the moment I dialed the phone. “Hi, it’s Dr. Smith from the animal hospital.  I hear there’s...

I am a veterinary surgical oncologist. This is a bit of a mouthful and probably more than most people want to know when they ask what I do. Veterinarian is really the only answer that they want to hear...

She was the first face most people saw when they entered the veterinary clinic and everyone knew her name. Some days she was friendly and eagerly greeted those who entered, other days she didn’t even...