Andy Roark DVM MS

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Want to fix what’s wrong with veterinary medicine? First, remember what’s right. I’m going to let you in on a little secret. There are a lot of very smart people out there who think...

  Last year, in a much-discussed New York Times article titled “Let’s (Not) Get Physicals,” a physician reporter named Elisabeth Rosenthal argued that annual physical examinations...

Just last week, while I was performing euthanasia for a critically ill patient, the pet’s owner looked at me and said, “I bet this is the hardest part of your job.” That gave me pause. For me, putting...

“Four-dollar antibiotics at Walmart? We can’t even buy them for that price, much less store and sell them. We’re shutting down our pharmacy business.” With the struggling economy and the entrance...

(This article is part of the ongoing column 12 Steps to Success) “Too often we postpone our happiness, convinced that tomorrow will be better than today. But it is only by truly relishing the present...

(This article is part of the ongoing column 12 Steps to Success.)   Anger surges through you, and you feel your face flush. The receptionist has headed back to the desk after dumping a pile of medical...

Successful relationships are based on clear expectations and commitments. For example, when I go to my favorite restaurant, I know I can expect their usual level of great service and delicious food. And...

(This article is part of the ongoing column 12 Steps to Success.) Any successful healthcare encounter requires active listening,1 which is far more than just paying attention. It is a specific communication...

Mrs. Griffith sighed as she gently separated her youngest daughter and oldest Labrador Retriever. She stepped between them and over a discarded pacifier to look me directly in the eye. “Really?” she...

Originally published: DVM360 – January 2013 (Click Here To View Original)   In our profession, great Facebook pages can be harder to find than Cesar Millan fans at a veterinary behavior conference....