Recently I had the realization that not everyone you are going to meet in your life will be nice to you. I suppose part of me had always known this, but a recent event hurt my heart more than I ever expected....

Talking with other veterinarians about hospice is something I do every day. I’m in a Facebook group online called Veterinarian Palliative Medicine, and I can be happy for hours comparing notes and techniques...

As an anesthesia technician, one of the things we are told early on is that if you don’t have a death under anesthesia “you aren’t doing enough anesthesia.” This can be a hard fact to stomach,...

You escape the vet school bubble only to find that the world continued to revolve without you. Everyone on the outside is four years further into their careers and financial savings, and you are just learning...

Every year at my week-long quilt retreat, I meet up with friends and indulge in my favorite pastime. Even though I am a doctor, and you’d think nothing about quilting could be scary, there are things...

I wanted to share with you what I’m feeling because I’m pretty sure many others feel this way and many don’t do it because they feel this way. I took today off work because I’m sick. I have a...

One of the things that makes me so passionate about this field is the adrenaline that comes with it. The awesome feeling of a correct diagnosis. The self-esteem boost when a sick patient goes home after...

  I want to dedicate this to all my fellow associate veterinarians, veterinary technicians, and vet assistants….basically anyone who doesn’t own or run the clinic.  You’ve got...

I’ll be the first to admit it: My clinic’s growing pains are beginning to give me compassion fatigue.   The overbooking of appointments, the masses of overtime, the constant ring of the phone,...

  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...