I was a nervous new grad. Insecure. Overwhelmed. With a major case of imposter syndrome and some serious social anxiety.   I had put off looking for a job while I was in school, but school...

The Technician Perspective As a veterinary technician specialist, I get called in to consult with practices on how to make their anesthesia and pain management plans the best they can be. I sit down...

Sometimes after a big, nasty mass removal, or other messy surgery, I look down at my blood splatted scrubs and think to myself, I sure hope I don’t get pulled over by a cop on the way home. This is often...

Yesterday I lost a patient. I wasn’t even there.   It all started last week.  He came in for vomiting.  His x-rays were inconclusive. We decided to treat him symptomatically with IV fluids and...

“You’re always so happy, how do you do it?” the client asked me as I examined her dog.   “Good acting,” I half-quipped. This day in particular had me believing my happy face was nothing...

I am an introvert. If you’re reading this post, you might be too. Introverts are abundant in veterinary medicine. Many of us chose this field because animals made us feel connected to the world without...

I’m a fierce feminist. I stand for equal pay, more female CEOs, paid maternity leave, standing against rape culture and the objectification of women, and for women having autonomy over our own bodies....

“That’s life and as funny as it may seem, some people get their kicks, stomping on a dream.”                   ~ Frank Sinatra It was the summer before vet school. Like any good,...

There is a hypothesis, made popular in the book “Born to Run,” that humans evolved to run long distances.  You see, around 2 million years ago our ancestors brains grew to unprecedented sizes.  Brains...

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...