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Collaborate with Your Global Veterinary Peers in Cartagena

Colin F. Burrows, BVetMed, PhD, Diplomate ACVIM (Small Animal Internal Medicine), HonFRCVS World Small Animal Veterinary Association The World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA)—which embraces 95 member associations that represent 157,800 veterinarians from around the world—works to globally advance veterinary care of companion animals. Each year it holds its flagship event, the WSAVA World Congress, …

Embracing Tikkun Olam as Part of Your Life

Cheryl D. Good, DVM Dearborn Family Pet Care, Dearborn, Michigan, & Friends For the Dearborn Animal Shelter Taking care of animals, and giving back to my community, has been a part of my life since I was a young child. My parents instilled in me the value of tikkun olam, a Hebrew phrase that means …

The House Call Veterinarian – An Interview with Dr. Karen Fine

Do you ever wonder how many pets are never seen by a veterinarian because clients are unable, or choose not to go through the stress involved, to bring them into a veterinary practice? Consider the role of the veterinarian who makes house calls, especially for cats. Although pet cats outnumber dogs in the U.S. by …

Evolution of a Career in Veterinary Medicine: Hands On, Hands Off

K. Leann Kuebelbeck, DVM, Diplomate ACVS Brandon Equine Medical Center, Brandon, Florida Why can’t a veterinary career be just about helping animals? Isn’t that why the majority of us were drawn into the field—because we “loved animals” and wanted to help them? If memory serves me correctly, that is why I endured three years of …

The Practitioner’s Guide to Industry Trends

Travis Meredith, DVM, MBA, Diplomate ACT Calico Group, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania The Building Today’s Veterinary Practice Series is dedicated to providing readers insight into issues and resources that support long-term practice growth. This installment provides a brief overview of recent business trends that affect the veterinary industry as a whole as well as individual veterinary clinicians …

The Secret to Long-Term Success in Practice: What Moves You?

Gail Gibson, VMD Animal Medical Clinic, Inc Skowhegan, Maine I am often asked how I can still be so interested in veterinary medicine after so many years in practice. I’ve been seeing patients at our small animal hospital for over 30 years, and I’m still excited about going to work. In this day and age, …