About the Author
University of Georgia
College of Veterinary Medicine
Simon R. Platt, BVM&S, MRCVS, DACVIM (Neurology), DECVN, is a professor of neurology and neurosurgery at University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine. His 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 of the Southeastern Veterinary Neurology Group. He has authored or coauthored more than 190 journal articles and 50 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 University of Edinburgh (Scotland) and completed an internship in small animal medicine and surgery at Ontario Veterinary College (University of Guelph) and residency in neurology and neurosurgery at University of Florida.
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Ethics/WelfareAnti-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?
Personal WellbeingThere 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?
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?
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.
Veterinarians may accept sentience as a truth but that does not have to mean it is used against us.
There are a few ways to ensure you and your coworkers are getting enough sleep.
Advocating for national, legislative-backed oversight on canine importations could save countless domestic animal lives by ensuring proper vaccination and health status.
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
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.
Ethics/WelfareVeterinarians 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?
Ethics/WelfareIt 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?
Practice ManagementHumanitarian 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.
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.
Ethics/WelfareIsn’t it time for the veterinary profession to acknowledge that animal cruelty encompasses much more than physical abuse alone?
Ethics/WelfareAnimal abuse is more than just a professional concern for veterinarians; it is a crime.
Practice ManagementIn 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.
Preventive MedicineFearful 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.
Personal/Professional DevelopmentThe selection of students for veterinary school is currently challenging but must evolve as the profession has evolved.
Personal/Professional DevelopmentFemale 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.
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.
“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.
Veterinary ethics teaching and application in practice have changed considerably recently.
In our profession, there are certainly many challenges that we often face on our own.
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.
If anything prevents continued advancement of this professional body, it may be the confusion over why there are so many different titles.