Sometimes when asked how work is going, I answer, “Not too bad. I still have all ten fingers.” It’s my poor attempt at a joke, but I’ve realized that a lot of people unfamiliar with veterinary...

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...

  by Robin Dettman, DVM   Each day I come to work I think I truly have been blessed To work with dogs and cats and more A joy I have confessed. And though I love my job its true to see God’s...

    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...

  I recently did a poll of some of my Client Service Representative (CSR) colleagues and asked them to tell me their biggest “pet peeves” when speaking with clients. The list might surprise you!   1:...

Sedation is one of the major controversies in end-of-life care medicine. I’m grateful that it isn’t as rare as it once was. When I talk to veterinarians about sedation, this is what I hear from those...

  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...

Over the years, I have euthanized hundreds of dogs and cats for a multitude of behavioral issues that made their life with their families unsustainable. The vast majority of them were young and physically...