When I was in high school, I was part of a very special Christmas tradition. The concert choir at Largo High School auditioned and was selected to participate in Epcot Center’s Candlelight Processional....

When someone discovers that I am a veterinarian, typically the next question they ask is, “What kind of veterinarian are you?” I will admit that I tend to have some fun with answering this question....

Two years ago in an emergency situation, I met my vet and he has changed my life. The things I  learned from Dr. Jason Sweitzer and the entire staff at Conejo Valley Veterinary Hospital have given me...

Sometimes we tell ourselves lies to make life easier. We say things like, “I was walking in and out of exam rooms all day long. That counts as exercise,” or “There’s a ban on cellphones in the...

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...

I’m not the calm, logical pet owner you’d expect a veterinarian to be when my own pets’ health and wellness might be in question. I’m the pet owner who calls ASPCA Poison Control when Biggy steals...

I have a confession to make: Practicing veterinary medicine is not my favorite thing to do. It’s hard sometimes, being surrounded by people who say things like “It’s my calling”...

Whenever we lose a member of our profession to suicide, and it happens with an astonishing level of frequency, our community gathers to mourn. “She was such a caring person. He was so proud of this...

Welcome to There, I Said It- a column where we give you, the reader, a chance to get something off your chest in an anonymous fashion. Be it embarrassing, frustrating, or just something you didn’t...

Veterinary medicine falls right in the middle of the Venn diagram conversion of emotions and money. Pets are increasingly considered part of the family, and we the parents of our furbabies. But medicine...