I realize that social media is in a constant state of flux, much like the internet itself. Sites come and go (who remembers Myspace?) and user interest ebbs and flows. Since you are a veterinary professional, I think you should create a professional profile on LinkedIn or a similar system. Here are some reasons why.
I’ve been reading the Physician on FIRE blog lately and he, like me, appreciates the utility of a top 5 list a la John Cusack’s character in High Fidelity. I’m going to be applying the principle to some concepts on the blog going forward. I hope you enjoy! Be a jerk. This violates the simple
Although it’s been more than a year since I saw this article, I think it’s still germane and good to share: Chart of the month: Shifting demand for veterinarians. In the article, there is a graph indicating the percentage of veterinarians in general practice, specialty practice, and emergency practice. You can see that there is
When I visit hospitals and people ask how those hospitals are, the most resounding compliment anyone can give is, “Everyone is very nice!” What do I mean by that and how could you facilitate that feeling in your place of work/school? People in positive work environments are welcoming, friendly, and humble. Be Welcoming When there
A friend of mine, who is a vet student, asked my opinion about dyeing her hair and getting a tattoo, particularly as she is interested in an internship and residency. I told her it would be better to dye her hair during pre-clinical years if she had to and let it be natural once she
I make no secret of the fact that I think most new graduates are better off doing an internship than not. However, there are some circumstances where I think an individual should NOT do an internship. 1) You have family obligations. Your family has put you through vet school, suffered through you not being there
Committing to a one-year internship after graduation isn’t a major commitment (like buying a house, getting married, or making a small human), but it can affect your life and career trajectory. These are my recommended top 5 reasons to do an internship. 1) You want to specialize. This is the easiest consideration, so it goes
Once again, I wish I didn’t have to write this post. But I have seen these applications, so, evidently, people believe they are a good idea. So here it is: Don’t do anything weird in your application. What constitutes “weird”? This encompasses a broad range of… let’s call them “unique” decisions. Below are some examples.
This one is pretty simple: there ARE no bad vet schools. I genuinely believe that. The AVMA maintains fairly high standards for accreditation. If a school is accredited by the AVMA, I think it is a fine place to get an education to prepare you for life as a veterinarian. So what is this post
This series was inspired by people asking me how they could identify a bad vet school. Over the past 20 years, I have had numerous people ask me about identifying bad internships. When I advise those applying for residencies, we talk about identifying potentially problematic programs. And I am blessed with having worked at institutions