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Do You Have Goals and Motivation?
Motivation in veterinary medicine can be a tricky thing. The problem with motivation is that it’s different for everyone. We all have different goals and what pushes us to reach those goals will vary by person. What are your goals? Are they...
Why Do I Work at DoveLewis?
My work anniversary was earlier this week. My 14-year work anniversary. That’s a long time for a military kid who moved every three to four years growing up; I’m used to changing things up. So what is it about DoveLewis that made me stay for this...
Holiday Disclosure: I Was a Tree Killer
I got this card in the mail yesterday and it caused me to burst into laughter in the middle of my kitchen. I admit it. I used to be a tree killer.
But the tree my friend is referencing is the one that made me stop. It’s been 8,...
What Are Fridays Like at DoveLewis?
It’s just another crazy Friday here at the DoveLewis. Our amazing anesthesia technician Kristin Spring is out sick, the ICU is filling up, and ER is rocking like only the ER can rock when there’s one receiving tech in until noon. Like I said,...
Educating Pet Owners About Veterinary Medicine
ABC's 20/20 recently ran a story about the "secret world" of veterinary medicine.
"The majority of veterinarians are money grubbing, no-ethics witch doctors who will recommend useless tests and procedures out of the interest of the bottom...
Scarier than Halloween: Medical Mistakes
Halloween is coming up pretty soon, and it got me thinking about being scared. It happens a lot to me because I am a WIMP when it comes to scary things:When I read a scary book at night I make the dog come to the bathroom with me so I’m...
The Kindness of Strangers
It’s been well-documented, but I’ll say it again: I’m an introvert. While capable of talking to strangers, it wears me out. I also hate talking on the phone. I have a love/fear relationship with my phone. Texting has opened an entire world of...
Why Good Client/Customer Service Matters
I’m coming off of a rough travel weekend doing some veterinary lectures in NYC. The roughness of the experience had nothing to do with why I was traveling, the weather, the traffic, the cab drivers, accidentally sleeping through my alarm, or...
Interview with VMD Technology
I recently had the pleasure of answering some interview questions for Dr. Caleb Frankel of VMD Technology about my career and how atdove.org came to be. Here are a few of those questions, and a link to the full article!
How did atdove....
I Can Help! Veterinary Training and Planning
As veterinary managers go, I'm a PLANNER. While flying by the seat of my pants and treating unpredictable emergencies in the DoveLewis ER is fun, in every other area I need a PLAN. I like to set my expectations based on what I think the outcome...
Gross ER Veterinary Stuff
IVECCS is coming. It’s NEXT WEEK. It’s my favorite conference of the year, even when it’s in San Antonio (river walk again?). Because it’s 4 days of emergency nerds trying to one up each other with our stories. Stories of how many hours we’ve...
New Guest Blogger
I met Liz Hughston online almost two years ago and we had an instant connection. No, this is not an online dating story; this is a story of how atdove.org brought DoveLewis and Adobe Animal Hospital together. So sure, online dating for...
Vet Tech Education
I recently got back from a whirlwind week – two conferences in two cities in one week. I had a blast. The introvert in me is screaming for a day of silence, but the nerd in me is rejoicing!
In Chicago at the AVMA conference I got to...
Back to Basics - Technician Training
I went to tech school. I think I went to a pretty good program; we had lots of large and small animals on site and I got plenty of hands-on experience. I monitored anesthesia on multiple species, looked at endless poop and blood samples, and even...
How It Feels to Treat Poison Victims
Over the July 4th weekend I saw a sickening post on Facebook. In the San Francisco area there were reports of meatballs containing strychnine being left along sidewalks and these were poisoning dogs. Even the best trained dogs can hardly resist a...
The Vet Tech Licensing Debate
I’m a little fired up.
DISCLAIMER: Some of you might be offended by this blog. That is not my intention, but this is a touchy subject. I’m apologizing in advance. Please do not threaten my pets, my home, or anyone crazy enough to call me...
Why This Vet Tech Hates Fireworks
I. Hate. Fireworks. First of all? What do they represent? Bombs. Every 4th of July (and Cinco de Mayo and New Year’s Eve, and various and sundry random holidays) we celebrate by simulating explosions that, in the wars we are celebrating, equal...
Vet Techs Talk: Life Lessons and Avoiding Career Burnout
In this chat I enlist the help of fellow tech nerd (and CaRVTA Registered Vet Tech of the Year!) Liz Hughston RVT, VTS (SAIM, ECC) to talk about the life (or lack thereof) of a veterinary professional. We chat about the characteristics of...
Pet Food Matters
I will admit it. I’m a sucker for fads. It's not like I buy everything from late night infomercials but I’ve come close. I come by this trait honestly, my mom has a kitchen FULL of "As Seen on TV" gadgets. And when you buy one and get one free? I...
Three Tips for Hiring a Technician
After years of interviewing for technician positions, both before I knew what I was doing and after (thank you Monica Maxwell!), I’ve learned a few things about selecting great candidates.
1. It’s not always about the...