NAVC Perspectives


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 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, …


In Memoriam: Neill P. Overman, Leading Catalyst for the NAVC

Mr. Overman was the NAVC’s Emeritus Past Director of Exhibits, founder of Veterinary Learning Systems, and a leader for the Eastern States Veterinary Association, Inc, parent company of the NAVC.   The North American Veterinary Community (NAVC) remembers the profound contributions of one of its leaders, Neill P. Overman, who passed away on April 4, …


The Power of Stepping Up & Reaching Out

Melinda D. Merck, DVM Veterinary Forensics Consulting, LLC, Atlanta, Georgia It is all over the news and social media—people making a difference. Through small and large actions and endeavors, positive changes and effects occur. The veterinary community—by the definition of what we do—makes a difference in the lives of animals and humans alike on a …


We Are All Simply Veterinarians

Christine Navarre, DVM, MS, Diplomate ACVIM (Large Animal Internal Medicine) Louisiana State University Agricultural Center I recently had the opportunity to moderate a small animal surgery session at a continuing education event. For someone who has focused almost solely on food-producing animals for over 20 years, it was an unusual experience. It brought me back …


Who Do You Want To Be?

In celebration of the NAVC’s new We LEAD empowerment program for women professionals ( that will be introduced at the 2015 NAVC Conference, I want to kick start the conversation with some provocative questions: What kind of boss, partner, colleague, parent, and/or friend are you known for being? If your pets could talk, how would they describe you? …


The Rx Headache

Lynne White-Shim, MS, DVM, and Kimberly May, DVM, MS Drs. White-Shim and May share how to handle any questions related to prescriptions and online pharmacies. It has been a long, busy day at the clinic. With one patient in particular, you dedicated extensive time and effort to determine a diagnosis and appropriate treatment plan. After …


The Future of Veterinary Medicine

Travis Meredith, DVM, MBA, Diplomate ACT In the March/April 2013 issue of Today’s Veterinary Practice, Dr. Travis Meredith discussed The New York Times’ article, High Debt and Falling Demand Trap New Vets, in our The Back Page column and let readers know that Today’s Veterinary Practice would be examining the issues raised in the article … Protection Status
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