Melanie Kramer

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Veterinarians are a tough crowd. We are high achieving, motivated, soft-hearted smart people who put a lot of emphasis on getting it right. Who doesn’t do a happy dance when you confirm the Demodex...

Today’s climate has a lot of people doing their part to educate themselves and fight against a social pandemic: racism. And it has been encouraging to see. But alongside education and vague statements...

My ethnic identity can be elusive to others.
Sometimes when people first meet me, I can see a search in their eyes, trying to place it. People have guessed I was from a variety of countries and regions...

Telemedicine has been the greatest COVID silver lining for me. (I mean, other than shaving my head and rediscovering the bidet during the great TP shortage.) Telemedicine has been the greatest professional...

My practice was built by a man who is 6 feet 7 inches tall. A tall man by anyone’s standards.  The countertops are tall and the shelves are high.  I am the opposite of tall. I am very...

In February of this year, I was chosen to become the new managing DVM of the hospital where I currently work. I was to take over the role April 1st, 2020. At the time I had been out of school for almost...

*OK, I’ll admit, this title is pretentious.  But stick with me here. I don’t pretend to actually be able to make this apocalyptic worldwide shutdown into an affirmative self-improvement experience....

It seemed like a normal work conversation, discussing an after-hours team building activity and the specifics of when and where we could host it. After some back and forth about times and locations, I...

Today is a beautiful sunny day. We are quarantined and cannot really go anywhere except for maybe a walk in the neighborhood or outside to do yard work.  I had some groceries delivered today, which...

I have been thinking a lot about one of my favorite stories. It’s over 2,000 years old and is as relevant today as even before. It’s called the Parable of the Chinese Farmer. Here’s how it goes: There...