About the Author
Dr. Boatright is a 2013 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania. She currently works as a small animal general practitioner and emergency clinician in western Pennsylvania at NVA Butler Veterinary Associates and Emergency Center. Her clinical interests include feline medicine, surgery, internal medicine, and emergency. As a freelance writer and speaker, Dr. Boatright enjoys educating veterinary students and colleagues about communication, team building, and the unique challenges facing recent graduates. Outside of the clinic, she is active in her state and local VMAs and serves on the VBMA Alumni Committee. In her spare time, she enjoys running and spending time with her husband, son, and three cats.
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Practice ManagementVeterinary staff members can help owners realize the importance of pet insurance and how it works.
Practice ManagementSupporting the credentialed veterinary nurses/technicians in your clinic will help them to achieve their professional goals and take a step toward profession-wide improvements in utilization, mental health, compensation, and title protection.
Practice Management"Futile care" is becoming more well-known in the veterinary profession. Having an approach to client conversations about the difference between palliative care and futile care can mean the difference between suffering and letting go in dignity.
Diversity, Equity, and InclusionMyriad factors affect the makeup of the veterinary student population, from the economy to average starting salaries to overall college enrollment trends.
Personal WellbeingA recent study shows that cultural barriers in the profession may prevent veterinary students from accessing mental health resources.
Personal/Professional DevelopmentAn effective, successful mentorship is a two-way conversation in which both the mentor and mentee share a desire to learn from each other.
Here are the stories of 5 entrepreneurs who took their passion for the veterinary profession, combined it with a desire for positive change, and created businesses to deliver much-needed services in innovative ways.
Diversity, Equity, and InclusionThe cost of veterinary care is rising while income is not. There are still strategies that you can employ to help clients overcome financial barriers to accessing veterinary care.
Personal/Professional DevelopmentVeterinary continuing education has an exciting future as technology continues to advance, bringing the opportunity for more interactive virtual learning and new ideas for how to present engaging, in-person education.
Understanding the impact of negative behaviors on the pet, owner, and the bond between them can help veterinarians to guide families in making the best possible decision for all involved.
Personal/Professional DevelopmentClients remember the last moments they share with their pet. They remember how the veterinary team treated their pet and how we made them feel during those moments.
Personal/Professional DevelopmentAcknowledging client limitations and their reasonings will help build the VCPR and get the pet the care they need while keeping the HAB intact.
By building trust and respect with clients who arrive at their appointment with vaccine hesitancy, we can improve the overall perception of vaccines among our clientele.
Personal/Professional DevelopmentSuccess begins with the individuals. Join local groups, state VMAs, and national organizations to best advocate for the future of the profession you love.
Some veterinarians have a hard time letting go of responsibilities.
Job satisfaction is a combination of recognition, communication, and reconciliation.