We have a serious shortage of veterinary nurses in veterinary medicine. And we have an overabundance of applicants to vet school. I often wonder why it is that more people are not interested in a career as a veterinary nurse. Why do so many people apply to vet school (particularly if they go $300k in
Choosing a residency program is a fairly important decision. You will be there for at least 3 years, so you want to make sure you find the best fit for you. I’ve talked before about what to look for in a residency, but how do you find that information? I have four simple sources of
You’ve decided to do an internship, congratulations! Maybe you’re a senior student or maybe you’re out in practice and want to do a residency. The applications for most internships are administered through the VIRMP (although some equine practice internships are through the AAEP). I’ve talked before about HOW to select an internship. But with hundreds
When faculty positions come open, sometimes there is someone already doing the job in a temporary capacity. Sometimes there is a resident finishing who would be qualified to fill it. The internal candidate is someone whom the people at the institution already know and have worked with in a capacity similar to the open position.
You have recently finished your residency and (hopefully) passed your boards. You are in your first professional faculty position as a clinician! Your FTE probably has 30-60% of your time on clinic duty, with the balance being teaching, research, and (non-clinical) service. If you are on a tenure track, you probably have some publication and
One of my bedrock principles for you to understand is to Aim for Zero. Go read that post if you haven’t done so yet. Why do people aim for +1 and fail so often? I think it’s because they miss some important steps as they are reaching for +1. In the original post, I gave
I try to maintain a positive tone of this blog, but I also feel responsible for helping you understand reality. Veterinary medicine has been a great profession for me, but not everyone should go to vet school. Here are some reasons that another profession and training experience might be the right fit for you. Bad
Dr. Prudic was a resident when I was on faculty and also rented one of my rental houses! She is passionate about oncology and tells you all about this amazing specialty.
Most people probably know the Boy Scouts of America has the motto “Be Prepared”. As an Eagle Scout, I obviously embraced this concept and have made numerous successful professional steps that can be partially credited to this motto. It is similar to another saying I like, “I’d rather have it and not need it than
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