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Become a Jedi Master of Well-Being: 5 Ways to Use the Force for Good in Veterinary Medicine

Do you have a friend who seems to always bounce back no matter what life throws at her? You may try to justify her resilience by saying to yourself “My situation was more difficult,” or “I just take things more seriously.” via GIPHY I have a friend like that. She seems to be a well-being …

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A Guide to Eliminating the Status Quo in Veterinary Medicine, Part 3: How to Evaluate Your Research

So far in this series, you’ve learned why research is important and how to find free, quality sources. But, how do you know if the study you’re referencing is unbiased and high-quality? Thanks to the raging climate debate that’s been going on for years, most of us understand that research can be skewed to support …

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8 Strategies for Veterinary Practices to Manage Complaints and Deepen Client Relationships

My dog, Cotton, has an autoimmune condition that prohibits her from being vaccinated. Despite that, when we checked in for a follow-up veterinary visit last week, the client service representative reminded us that Cotton was overdue for her vaccines. “Would you like us to update those while you’re here?” she asked. I politely reminded her …

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How to Get (and Keep!) Great Veterinary Technicians

It’s almost 2019, and with a nationwide shortage of veterinary technicians in America, certified veterinary technicians should have no problems finding good jobs. But, if it’s a vet tech’s job market, why are there so many unsatisfied techs? As a 10-year veterinary technician veteran and a current recruiter/manager for VSS, a veterinary temporary staffing agency …

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Friday Veterinary Humor

According to  my colleague’s  husband, the definition of a veterinary professional is: vet·er·i·nar·y  pro·fes·sion·al: /ˈvet(ə)rəˌnerē/ /prəˈfeSH(ə)n(ə)l/ a person qualified to play with puppies and kitties all day                         While I wish this definition portrayed an accurate picture of my job, sadly, those days are …

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A Guide to Eliminating the Status Quo in Veterinary Medicine, Part 2: 5 Tips for Finding Free, Quality Research

Now that you’ve learned why it’s important to avoid doing things a certain way just because they’ve always been done that way, it’s time to learn how to do your research so you can begin making changes. If you missed my last post, click here for a refresher. I spend quite a bit of time …

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A Guide to Eliminating the Status Quo in Veterinary Medicine, Part 1: No More ‘That’s the Way We’ve Always Done It!’

Few phrases have the power to shoot a wave of dread through my body, but, after working in the veterinary industry, the following phrases do just that every time I hear them. The phrase: “We’re so glad you’re here!” What it really means: The veterinary hospital where I’m working relief that day is so busy …

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Why Personal Wellness Sucks for Veterinary Professionals: An Insider’s Guide to Living the Life You Deserve

Who needs a glass when you can drink wine out of the bottle? Picture this: I am in my bathtub ugly crying, drinking wine straight out of the bottle, and reading Brené Brown’s The Gifts of Imperfections. How did I get here? I thought I had my life together, but apparently not. After this “breakdown,” …

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