Russ and Amanda and Abby and I went to Kansas City last week to
go to Lego Land learn stuff. Well, I went to learn stuff. Also, we went to Lego Land which was awesome. The girls had to tell Russ and me it was time to go at the end of the afternoon. You know that sound Legos make when you are mixing them to find a blue 2X4 brick? Yeah, that is what I was not quite ready to leave.
But we did, and I went to CVC, which was as awesome in a grown up sort of way. Central Veterinary Conference is a veterinary conference done by Advanstar three times a year. They publish Veterinary Economics and other journals-I-love and have the website dvm360.
Things that were Awesome in KC…
I played with Legos. I know I already said that one. I just wanted to give you context for how awesome the things on my things that were awesome in KC list is.
I met Dr. Andy Roark.
I met Dr. Dave Nicol.
I learned about feline hyperaldosteronism. (Summary: If cats accidentally make too much aldosterone, it makes them feel like crap. Also, it’s treatable.) I feel like if I can get my head around weird medical conditions, I can probably figure out the less weird things too. It gave me hope. Like I could walk into any exam room with any lethargic kitty and confidently hold his paw from diagnosis through treatment.
I sat through two entire eyeball lectures without getting grossed out. Well, I was grossed out. But I stayed. And I learned things. And I did this –
instead of this –
I went to my first Veterinary Economics Editorial Advisory Board Meeting. You know those guys in the little squares by the articles in journals? And the editor names in the list at the front of the journals? Did you know that they are REAL PEOPLE? They are! I got to meet them in Real Life. And they are super nice.
I only walked into a crowded room and right back out twice in four days. And I walked back in both times. Yay me. I am a grown up. Well, maybe not. But I do think I should get another “I’m a winner” sticker.
I have a list of EIGHT more books to read! Woo! And I bought two veterinary books – one on exotic pets and also the most recent edition of Plumb’s Veterinary Drug Handbook. Loving that book does not make me a nerd. I was already a nerd, and that is why I love that book so. Be glad that I am. It is good for your pets!
I came back refreshed and excited about medicine and exited about how social media and veterinary medicine can be friends. They can, and they are, they just don’t know each other very well yet. I feel as though I have more tools to work on that this coming year, especially after spending time with Dr. Roark and Dr. Nicol and the dvm360 group. This is going to be fun, people!
Very, very fun week, and I am already looking forward to next year.
Thank you People Who Made CVC Awesome! (Yeah, you.)