There is an epidemic in veterinary medicine that no one is talking about. It’s cyber-bullying, and it must stop. Disagreement and constructive debate are healthy and productive. Abuse is not.     I’ve...

By Dr. Andy Roark DVM MS   The heartworm talk   The flea talk   The vaccine talk   The allergy talk   The dental talk   The weight talk     If you’ve been in...

Everyone says that your first job out of school is the most important. It “sets the standard for how you practice throughout your career.” When I was in vet school, I knew exactly what my first job...

    I learned about the effectiveness of silence from my first boss. I’ll be honest with you – he scared me to death. It took me the better part of a year to call him by his first name. ...

Hello, Perfection. We’re old adversaries, you and me. You’re what I was supposed to be, remember? You bastard. You were what they expected out of me for over thirty years, and I realized eventually...

    I’ve been in practice for 15 years now. I’ve seen a lot of things that upset me. One of the things that turns every day into “Throat Punch Thursday” is when clients bring me receipts...

By Jessica Vogelsang DVM   My senior year of veterinary school, an oncology resident I respected a great deal sat us all down and told us his number one piece of advice: “No matter what you...

  Hopefully you have a veterinarian who you really like. Maybe even love. (But when I say love, I do not mean love, because that is another problem.) The veterinarian-client-patient relationship is...

Some days in the clinic, I’m just tired. It’s usually on those days when I’ve had about a dozen nearly-identical conversations about the importance of clean teeth, heartworm prevention, or weight...

Not all vet techs are created equal. I don’t mean this to belittle anyone, or for it to be a bad thing. It’s just a fact. We all start out in this field because we love animals (and very obviously...