Posts Tagged ‘2010’

Articles Originally Written for Veterinarians – Table of Contents

Monday, February 28th, 2011

1

Overcoming Team Conflict

2

Building a Best of the Best Clientele

3

A Dramatic Wellness Exam

4

Recommending a High Level Standard of Care

5

Effective Communication Stratagies

6

Self Evaluation

7

Changing Times

8

Twitter for Veterinarians

9

Year in Review:  2010 in Veterinary Medicine

10

Conflict Resolution

Click on the article title to get to the article itself.  I know it would be cooler if I did not actually mention this and just let people find this out for themselves, but I never claimed to be cool (quite the opposite)…

Every one of the ten articles has a Scrubs link in it that pertains to the article.

Awesome.

The Year in Review – Veterinary Medicine in 2010

Monday, February 21st, 2011

This was meant to be a summary of veterinary medicine in 2010 in 500ish words – ha!  I picked some highlights.  What would you have added??  If I talked about my personal year as a veterinarian, that would have been a completely different article.  This was very fun to write.

The Year in Review – Veterinary Medicine in 2010

Shawn Finch, DVM

Stem cell therapy has become fairly common, the melanoma vaccine is being used in dogs with great success, Proheart returned to the veterinary market, we were all affected by the melarsomine shortage, the balance tipped from a majority of male veterinarians to a majority of female veterinarians…2010 has been quite a year to be a veterinarian!

This year has seen exponential growth in veterinary internet involvement.  We started out dealing with the internet “defensively,” trying to undo problems created by false information.  We quickly learned to proactively add our voices as reliable authorities on animal health issues.  We have had to deal with client feedback in a more public way than ever. As disconcerting as that has been, we have handled it with the prompt attention and grace that we always have.

The increase in online interactions between pet parents and veterinarians has raised many ethical issues.  We can put all sorts of medical information onto the internet, but we still cannot diagnose or treat without a valid patient-client-doctor relationship firmly in place.  We have the ability to post patient pictures and cases onto the internet in full view of the world almost instantaneously.  We have shown tremendous restraint in doing that only when we have permission from our team leadership and clients.  Clients know that in this age of instant information, they can still trust us completely with their privacy and that of their pets.

Many of our veterinary journals have become accessible online.  As much as I have enjoyed the internet explosion and accompanying learning curve, I still request paper copies of my favorite journals.  I will probably be among the last of us to give that up.  Just admitting that makes me want to plant a tree.

We have always advocated humane breeding practices.  As restrictions on high-volume puppy sellers have tightened in the United States, international puppy sources have become more popular.  Our next battle may be assuring that the puppies imported into our country are shipped humanely and legally and enter the country free of contagious and zoonotic diseases.

A second report on veterinarians and suicide was published in England earlier this year.  The authors’ first report revealed that we are much more likely to commit suicide than people in the general population.  Their second report explored the reasons this may be true.  Everyone is an individual, and the sample size was relatively small, so we are not doomed.  Do keep a caring eye on your colleagues though and take good care of yourself.

Finally, the United States Congress recently proclaimed 2011 “World Veterinary Year” in honor of the 250th anniversary of our profession.  The resolution was introduced by the two veterinarians serving in Congress and passed with support from veterinarians across the country.  2010 was quite a year to be a veterinarian.  I am excited for what is to come, next year and beyond.

This was first published at The Wagging Tail for Veterinary Professionals on December 28, 2010 as “A Great Year for Veterinary Medicine.”

Favorite Posts of 2010

Friday, December 31st, 2010

Dr. V of Pawcurious challenged bloggers to list their ten favorite posts that they had written on their own site during 2010, and posted her own favorites and links to everyone else’s favorites, which means that to ring in the New Year, we will have an exponential number of great posts to read, including yours I hope!

My Ten Favorite Riley and James Posts from 2010

Ham-Rabbit and Friends

Joy to the World Video with Su Smith (and Joy the Puppy)

Epic “No” – Don’t Shoot the Cat

Blogathon 2010 – Go Big Red!

Puppy Mills and Missouri Proposition B

Happy Halloween – Pictures of Piggy and the Pups as Dominoes

Observing a Four-Year-Old Process with a Maturity Far Beyond His Years

What I am Doing This Week:  Attending Camp Kindness, Taking Rat Pictures

How I Got My Groove Back

I Love You Obie

Follow Friday

I also had awesome guest posts from JannaNoelSu, Amanda, Russ and Pastor Scott.  But Edie says including those are against the rules.  Still, they write great stuff.  Thank you guys!!

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Bonus!  My Ten Favorite Riley and James Posts (that will be) from 2011

The following is a list of things that are somewhere between a prediction of the future and stuff I made up, that is to say, GOALS.

Janie Helt’s tribute to the wonderful Moo Pug

Hundreds of Ham-Rabbit and Friends pictures sent in by you – here are pictures of ALL of them!

Local News Story:  Cat and Kitten Shortage in Omaha!

National News Story:  No Puppy Mills Left in America!

Worldwide Survey: 99% of those polled are unable to recall the name Michael Vick, 1% think he might have played football but are unsure and 100% do not care

Peanut Baby Jesus 2011 – The Grown-ups Come to the Party

End of Year “I Love to Be Boring” Report:  All six Finch pets celebrated another birthday!  Nothing else to report.

My “Make-up” post to the awesome Omaha band Adelaide! After Blogathon 2010 in which it was discovered I have no computer savvy whatsoever, I rally with the help of friends and family and post samples of the band’s incredible music (Find Me Love would have gone awesomely with the Blogathon Introduction – very dramatic!  I could hear it from MY computer…)

Blogathon 2011 – Bigger, Crazier and even more fun than last year (HOW is that possible??) and Blogathon 2010 Update…Bradyn gets his Therapy Puppy

Another Christmas Music Video with Su! Who wants to help us?  Joy the Puppy?  Merry the Yorkie?  Noel the Beagle?  Maybe ALL THREE??

May your 2011 be fun and colorful and overflowing with friends, family and soft, cute pets.  And may those three categories overlap in every possible way.

Happy New Year!

What I am Doing This Week: Resolving…Happy New Year!

Thursday, December 31st, 2009

This week I am regrouping for the New Year!  I love the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day.  I love having the kids home on break.  I tend to obsess about goals, which has always been a kind of big thing for me.  I look back and look forward.  2009 was one of the best, most emotional, most difficult, most rewarding years of my career.  I must have forgotten to tell 2009 that I like boring.

Here you go, 2010.  This is an example of what I like.  Angela’s new Shaggy Puppy needs a routine exam.  Your next patient is the same.  So is the next.  So is the next.  I don’t need drama!  I don’t need excitement!  I have my veterinary friends and journals for that.  My own life, I want it boring.  Always.  K, thanks.

This week the veterinary team has kicked…they have been EXTRAORDINARY!!  haha  That’s more professional, huh?  They always are great, but in a difficult/busy/challenging week, I notice it more, I guess.  Our team is amazing.  Their love for pets, even when they KNOW they will get their hearts broken, their dedication and their amazing skill is really awesome to be around.  You guys rock.  Here’s to an amazing, but hopefully less eventful 2010!!

I got the book “Am I Boring My Dog?” by Dr. Edie Jarolim for Mom for Christmas.  I am going to have to get my own copy (to me, from me, Happy Valentine’s Day!) because Mom is hogging hers!  It is geared toward new pet owners, but you need it too!  And also, you will love her website and blog, Will My Dog Hate Me?

This is a sort of random place to put such awesome links, don’t you think?  I think my site needs a central location for cool links.  Coming soon…