It’s been an amazing year on our little website.
On January 1, we launched the Cone of Shame on YouTube and have since put out over 50 episodes. We released our first training program for veterinary teams, 7 Steps to Fantastic Appointments, and have been wowed by its success. Finally, we began hosting original content on this website back in June and did a complete redesign earlier this month [I really, really hope you like it!]. In the last 6 months, we’ve had over 870,000 visitors on DrAndyRoark.com, and they’ve looked at over 1.5 million pages. That’s both humbling and inspiring.
Thank you so much to everyone who has taken the time to read the posts here or contribute articles to the site. Thanks also to our outstanding editorial director, Dr. Jessica Vogelsang, our marketing director, Danielle Lambert, our creative assistant, Meg Pierson, and our administrator, Jamie Holms. Without these talented individuals, none of this would have been possible. And last, but definitely not least, thanks to everyone who has encouraged us to keep working, laughing, and cheering on others. Your kind words and support mean more than you know.
So, without further ado, here are the 10 most popular posts on DrAndyRoark.com in 2015. I can’t wait to see you in 2016.
– Dr. Andy Roark
25 OUTRAGEOUSLY FUNNY PET NAMES
Before my wife and I had children, we got a puppy together. Preparing for the dog was an elaborate process that involved reading everything we could get our hands on, picking just the right bedding and toys, and, of course, choosing a name. We asked friends, made lists, and Googled foreign language baby…
A VETERINARIAN’S GUIDE TO INFURIATING TECHNICIANS
Hey veterinarians, good news! Dr. Andy Roark presents a fool-proof guide to keeping your technicians irritated for the whole day! No need to thank us, just make sure you do number six frequently and with gusto!
3 REASONS GREAT VETS GET AWFUL REVIEWS
There’s a growing trend among outstanding, caring, compassionate veterinarians around the world, and it’s not accessorizing for fall with jaunty cat-themed scarves (although I’m really pushing that and hope it will take off).
HOW PEANUT BUTTER CAN KILL DOGS
In this episode of Ask Dr. Andy, our faithful veterinarian tackles an old question with a new and unsettling response. Please make sure your pets are safe, and consider spreading the word to help others.
TIPS TO HELP VETS LOSE THEIR MINDS
Looking for new ways to drive your veterinarian over the edge? Take a look at this short video so you can be “that client.”
WHY I SEDATE EVERY PET FOR EUTHANASIA – AND YOU SHOULD TOO
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.
A MURDEROUS BOAST ON SOCIAL MEDIA, A BLACK EYE FOR VETS
I’m not going to post the graphic photo that goes along with these twisted words. If you are interested, it’s not hard to find. The image of the dead cat and the smiling human is upsetting, and it isn’t necessary to see it to understand the outrage it caused.
WHY I DON’T CRY AT EUTHANASIAS
“I don’t know how you do this. It must be so hard.” Inevitably, a client will say this to me when I come to their home to euthanize their pet.
WHY YOU NEED TO THANK A VET TECH TODAY
Veterinarians get a lot of credit for keeping pets healthy, but veterinary technicians are often the unsung heroes behind the scenes. If you haven’t hugged a vet tech recently (or respectfully shaken his or her hand) here are a few reasons you should get to it.
THE PASSING OF OUR COLLEAGUE DR. AUSTIN AYARS
On Sunday, June 7, veterinarian Austin Ayars died in an accident on his family farm. I’ve never even met him, but I have struggled with his death ever since I heard about it.