In 2014, I was teetering on the edge. I was burned out and tired of being a vet and I had only been one for five years. I spent a lot of time thinking about what jobs I might do instead, but would always...

This is, in a way, a confession. Some of us have this really great cycle that happens after a long day at work: • We pick fights with our partners about stupid stuff when we get home, even though maybe...

  James was my heart kitty. He was like a little person. He had stress-induced asthma and I used to sing to him (“Sweet Baby James”) in the car – when we drove cross-country from...

We hear a lot about compassion fatigue these days, and rightly so. We are all more aware of the potential toll our work can have on us and on all aspects of our lives outside work. But we can’t use...

Today an owner told me I have the worst job in the world. His reasoning was not what I expected.     Said owner’s dog was dropped off for an exam by the pet sitter. She said the dog was just...

I think of myself as someone who loves yoga. I say to my friends, “I should do more yoga. I miss it.” But in reality, I’m a yoga dropout – a person who used to take a yoga class...

Veterinarians, like anyone else, tend to fall into a routine at work. We see a variety of pets and people, but we also spend a lot of each day the same way – returning messages and calls, doing...

Sometimes, since I started running, people say to me, “I don’t like to run outside because I think people are watching me and thinking how slow I am, or how I don’t look like a runner.” This...

When people hear I’m a veterinarian, they usually say, “Oh, I love animals. I would love to do that. But I could never put them to sleep.” In truth, I never had any real trouble performing...

“What we have once enjoyed deeply we can never lose. All that we love deeply becomes a part of us.” –Helen Keller I read a beautiful post today by Dr. Jessica Vogelsang (pawcurious.com) about the...