About the Author
Dr. Platt runs a veterinary neurology consultancy service in addition to co-directing the teleneurology service of Vetoracle, a telemedicine company, and serving as medical director for Hallmarq Advanced Imaging.
Dr. Platt was a professor of neurology and neurosurgery at University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine until June 2022. His ongoing research interests include ischemic disease of the central nervous system, canine brain tumors, and epilepsy.
Dr. Platt is a member of the International Veterinary Epilepsy Task Force and a founding member and president of the Southeastern Veterinary Neurology Group. He is past president of the ACVIM (Neurology) and was a chief examiner for the ECVN. He has authored or coauthored more than 220 journal articles and 60 book chapters and is the co-editor of three textbooks: BSAVA Manual of Canine and Feline Neurology, Manual of Small Animal Neurological Emergencies, and Canine and Feline Epilepsy: Diagnosis and Management.
Dr. Platt received his veterinary degree from the University of Edinburgh (Scotland), completed an internship in small animal medicine and surgery at Ontario Veterinary College (University of Guelph), and completed a residency in neurology and neurosurgery at the University of Florida. He was awarded the Fellowship of the Royal College of veterinary Surgery based upon meritorious contributions to the profession.
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Gaining Insight in 2023See what TVP's Editorial Advisory Board is up to and reading.
Working Alongside Dr. Google"It’s imperative that we not only understand and accept the reality of our clients’ and colleagues’ information-seeking preferences but also use this knowledge to prepare and better serve animals."
Trusting the Eye of the BeholderTelemedicine has the potential to pay a crucial role in the future of veterinary practice—with some caveats of course.
Robots to the Rescue of AnimalsAnimal testing in the human medical field has come at the high price of many lives. Could AI be the next step in product testing?
Is Banning Breeds the Answer?Anti-brachycephaly laws are beginning to crop up in other countries. However, health issue are not limited to brachycephalic breeds. What do veterinarians, the best advocates for pets, need to do to have their voices heard and included in these legislative decisions?
The Secret of Job SatisfactionThere is a 15:1 ratio of negative to positive work-related literature. Every vet now knows the terms "stress," "depression," and "compassion fatigue." But where's the literature on the best parts of the job that make it all worth it?
It’s Time for a Change
With mass discontent and exits from the veterinary profession on the rise, what does it take to keep employees engaged and happy or to recruit new members?
Focusing on the 3 Rs: Recruit, Retain, and Return
Many would say the veterinary profession is not in a great place.
Empathy is something the veterinary profession needs to place more emphasis on, in schooling and continuing education.
Animal Sentience: An Inconvenient Truth?
Veterinarians may accept sentience as a truth but that does not have to mean it is used against us.
Running on Empty
There are a few ways to ensure you and your coworkers are getting enough sleep.
Ensuring Safe Arrivals
Advocating for national, legislative-backed oversight on canine importations could save countless domestic animal lives by ensuring proper vaccination and health status.
What Will Make You Happy?
Treating the animal in front of us may be our job, but it is the client who we often answer to.
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
The Changing Face of Veterinary Medicine
Diversity in the veterinary profession starts as low as marketing the available opportunities to high school students and as high as hiring diverse candidates to positions of power and decision-making.
For Whom the Bell TollsVeterinarians have an ethical obligation to their patients and companion animals as a whole. Should we follow international suit and support breed bans or keep pushing for scientifically driven positive breeding programs?
In Good FaithIt is veterinarians' sole purpose to ensure the wellbeing of pets, but what if you suspect intentional abuse? Do you feel protected in reporting suspected animal abuse?
Staying Centered in a CrisisHumanitarian crises also affect the veterinary profession—but is it always in a negative way? These times of uncertainty can help the profession learn new ways of growing, adapting, and thriving.
Stamp Out Burnout
As we grow older in life and in this profession, we may feel it is acceptable or inevitable to feel mentally, physically, and emotionally exhausted.
What Constitutes Animal Cruelty?Isn’t it time for the veterinary profession to acknowledge that animal cruelty encompasses much more than physical abuse alone?
A Voice For the SufferingAnimal abuse is more than just a professional concern for veterinarians; it is a crime.
Enough Is EnoughIn this electronic age, it’s all too easy to be targeted by this type of attack, but it’s not as easy to know what to do to protect against, prevent, and fight back against a cyberbully.
A Crisis of Historic Proportions?Fearful pet owners are declining to get their pets vaccinated—it’s a worrisome trend that could lead to devastating consequences. It’s up to us to educate our clients.
The Emotional Topic of Veterinary Student SelectionThe selection of students for veterinary school is currently challenging but must evolve as the profession has evolved.
Time’s Up? Not YetFemale veterinarians are still lagging behind their male peers in terms of pay, and men still outnumber women in more senior roles, despite a female majority across the profession as a whole.
Is This the Golden Age of Veterinary Medicine?
Veterinarians make meaningful contributions to enrich the lives of animals and fellow human beings, despite all the challenges and concerns that we address in our daily lives and the state of the world around us.
The Opioid Crisis: A Veterinarian’s Action Plan
“We, as clinicians, are uniquely positioned to turn the tide on the opioid epidemic.
Daily use of the internet has become a way of life for many people, and with the advancement of technology and Internet of Things (IoT)1, our clients are increasingly equipped with health information before attending appointments.
Searching for Ethical Guidance
Veterinary ethics teaching and application in practice have changed considerably recently.
The Challenges of “Youth”
In our profession, there are certainly many challenges that we often face on our own.
The Age of the Veterinary Nurse Has Arrived! Part 2: Taking Charge
Last issue I discussed the topic of veterinary nurse initiative (VNI) and the proposed unification of credentialed titles, which hopefully will reduce confusion and improve the visibility of nurses.
The Age of the Veterinary Nurse Has Arrived! Part I: What’s in a Name?
If anything prevents continued advancement of this professional body, it may be the confusion over why there are so many different titles.