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To make ends meet
As small animal veterinarians we sometime fight to make the ends meet. A constant demand on our time to be better in communication, be more compassionate and still develop our veterinary skills and knowledge are constantly pulling us en different directions.
An ever growing competition in a business that have never been changing as much as it is now, we also have to use our valuable time on developing new skills as online marketing and social media management.
On the same time we want to keep the mental balance and be happy with excess energy when we are with family and friends.
But there is one good thing: You already have what you need!
We can always expand our skills and knowledge, but you already have what you need to make you feel happy.
We just need someone to show us what to focus on.
For example it is said time is our most valuable resource these day, but we all have the same 24 hours everyday. But if we don’t know how and what to focus on, they can feel wasted.
Striving towards success
I’m striving to find an answer to what make us successful in our professional life. This is not a personal development blog, so I can’t help you with your private life, but I also know that you cannot have one without the other.
We all define our success in our own way, but as small animal veterinarians it will probably be along the lines of:
“Healthy patients, satisfied clients and a fulfilled worklife”,
and if you have management responsibility you’d might add “a thriving business” as well.
But nobody will come and give it to you. You will have to be proactive and go get it for your self.
First of, let my tell you: I don’t the success-thing figured out, but I do feel happy most of the time.
I’m veterinarian (DVM) from University of Copenhagen, Denmark from 2008. I started my carrier in at middle-sized general practice for companion animals only.
As all human being I make mistakes, but one early in my carrier stand out and have stayed with me.
One afternoon I saw a young French bulldog with hair loss around the eyes and ears. At the time I had no really clue as what to look for (most of my interests were orthopedic problems and surgery) Should I look for: Infection? Parasites? Allergies?
To find an excuse to get out of the exam room I plucked out some hair and went for the microscope (bringing a large book with pictures).
And as Danish proverb goes: “Blind høne finder også korn” (a blind hen also finds a seed)
Sure enough I found Demodex mites. Not surprising to more skilled dermatologic experts, but to me it was a win. Or so I thought.
I wasn’t prepared for the rain of questions the owner had. Where did they come from? Are they contagious? Is it hereditary? How long do the live?
Of course I didn’t handle all the answers well, and I ended up having to let a more experienced colleague take over – better for the patient, but not for me, as it was a pretty simple case.
The dog ended up being successfully treated for its mites, and the owner was happy again.
We cannot know everything, and in the beginning (or in areas we don’t have interests in) we need someone or something to guide us.
Experts tell us to, asked the right questions, and the answer is in the history talking
But what if you don’t know what to ask?
For example in the beginning I didn’t think to ask about GI-signs in my dermatologic patient – Now that I do, I catch much more patients with AFR early on in the process.
So with worksheets and checklists we can find much more symptoms early in our patients instead of reinventing the wheel in every consultation.
For example the 4-step work sheet to an effective dermatologic diagnosis will be ready soon.
So come along as we move towards being veterinarians with only “Healthy patients, satisfied clients and a fulfilled work life” one small step at a time.