Archive for September, 2013

CVC 2013

Wednesday, September 4th, 2013

This year’s Central Veterinary Conference was very fun.  Last year, Russ and Amanda and Abby travelled to Kansas City with me.  This year they did again, and LOTS of coworkers came too, which I loved.  I also saw other friends and colleagues, including the dvm360 crew.


The Finches – CVC 2013.  Abby (middle) wanted me to take this picture quickly because they were standing in front of a “No Loitering” sign. I said if they were standing in front of it, they would probably not get caught, but she was still nervous.

I chose continuing education sessions based on which speakers I really wanted to hear.  The only subject-based session I chose was “Turtles” (because, turtles!), and it was as great as the rest.

I sat in on all of Dr. Andy Roark’s sessions which were exceptional.

I finally got to hear talks by Dr. Tilley, the renowned veterinary cardiologist and author, also exceptional.

I am still the only associate chick on the Veterinary Economics Editorial Advisory Board, which is kind of neat.  Not the  only associate, and not the only chick, thank goodness – I sat with all of the women from the dvm360 team at the advisory board meeting – I just love that group.  I did feel as though I ought to speak up more than last year, so I did.

I said that if as a young adult I had known practice owners who loved their positions as practice owners and were financially successful, like the practice owners on the board and the practice owner at Gentle Doctor where I work now, I would have taken a harder look at owning a practice.

I love being an associate – a non-owner veterinarian – and I know I am where I am supposed to be career-wise, but my reasons for getting here were probably faulty.  Eh, whose aren’t?  Still happy with where I landed.

This upcoming year with Veterinary Economics, I will try to represent female associates…and females…and associates…well in what I write and say.

Well, now that I write that, I realize that is A LOT of pressure, and if I try to represent whole groups, I will of course <mess> it up.

So instead I will just do what I always do – write random stuff and publish (here) or submit (there) what I think is worth sharing.  You can take any of it that seems helpful, and together we will see where this year takes us as the veterinary field moves forward with more and more women, fewer and fewer would-be owners, larger new vet debt, more new vets, and as always, an incredible, unique, awesome profession filled with wonderful animals and wonderful people.

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On the Web…

I have enjoyed reading about Jana Rade’s new Rottie puppy, Cookie, on her always awesome website, Dawg Business.

Dr. Rebecca Tudor, veterinary surgeon, posted my review of Gary Vaynerchuk’s book, The Thank You Economy, as a guest post on her great website, CatalystVETS.  Thank you Dr. Tudor!

Coming soon…

Pictures from CVC

Pictures from our visit to Mariposa Veterinary Wellness Center

More random thoughts…

Happier at Home – 5 Stars!

Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013

Happier at Home

Kiss More, Jump More, Abandon a Project, Read Samuel Johnson, and My Other Experiments in the Practice of Everyday Life


Gretchen Rubin

5 Stars!


I love the cover – bluebirds!  And bird houses!  Beautiful, bright pastels.

I love the blog, Twitter and Facebook links on the back of the book.

I love the prequel.

And…I love this book, Happier at Home.  Very fun to read.  Very practical advice on happiness – which I bet you did not think was possible until Gretchen Rubin started writing it.  Me neither.  But it is.  And she does it again.

Good stories.  Good nuclear and extended family related advice on appreciating the people most important to you and making the most of every opportunity with them.  Fascinating insight into the deep love for New York of a woman raised in the Midwest.

The author’s analytical, thorough and introspective explanations of what happiness is and what it is not – with underlying currents of contentment, selflessness and family – resonate with me.  The stories are heartwarming and sincere.

I enjoyed this book as much as I enjoyed The Happiness Project, I love reading Gretchen Rubin’s daily thoughts and articles and I look forward to her next book on happiness.

And…I hope her family adopts a dog and that she writes about that too.


Joy the Puppy demonstrating from day 1 by her very name and dog-self that pets can indeed add to happiness.

The Garden’s Gone Wild!

Sunday, September 1st, 2013

Abby and I checked the garden out back right before we left for Central Veterinary Conference in Kansas City last week.  It was crazy!  Good crazy.

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Morning Glory 1

Morning Glory Pumpkin 1

Morning Glory Pumpkin 2

Pumpkin Leaf


Pea Flower

Chocolate Mint 1

Chocolate Mint 2


Pumpkin 2



Squash 2