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MARKET WATCH | Michael Paul, DVM
the ripple efect
The smallest act of support and encouragement can change your colleague’s life.
ome years ago I attended a conference in Washington, D.C., that focused on the value of the profession and the impact it has on those whom we serve. I was surprised to see an old friend there. It seems he was becoming somewhat disenchanted with the demands of practice—you know, demanding clients, annoying phone calls, high-maintenance staf and the feeling that he was being consumed. His practice manager, Kathy, insisted he come to the conference, but it was proving to be an exercise in futility, he said. On our lunch break he told me that he was going to leave
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early and go back home to California. Tat instant one of the presenters, Dr. Bob Brown, a solo practitioner in Virginia, reached out, grabbed him by the neck and changed all that. With humility, Bob spoke of his love of the profession, his fulfllment in the daily service to his clients and patients—the honor of what we do. He spoke, heavy with emotion, about how lucky we all are to be veterinarians. Bob’s appeal clearly connected with my friend, whose eyes welled up as he sat back down and began to not only listen but also to process and formulate a new vision for his life.
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of dvm - January 2013
dvm - January 2013
Where did I go wrong?
Pets and Vets
CATalyst survey examines how veterinarians really feel about animal shelters and pet rescue organizations.
What’s new? What’s now?
Employee steals more than $400,000 from clinic
Longtime veterinarian killed in plane crash in California
Canadian SPCA concerned by number of “home neutering” reports
Arrest made in Minnesota veterinary hospital arson
Washington DVM accused of abusing patients, medications
When faced with disaster, practices need a plan
University of Minnesota celebrates 750,000th urolith
Death to debt
Letter of the law
dvm - January 2013