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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…

Things that were Awesome in Kansas City

Thursday, August 30th, 2012

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.)

New York in a Hurricaine

Tuesday, September 6th, 2011

Russ and I were planning a trip to New York City for our friends’ wedding the week before last.  A big, scary city is big and scary enough without a big, scary hurricaine coming too.  Right after New York, we were heading to Central Veterinary Conference in Kansas City.


Russ called me at work.  “We can’t go!  Irene is coming!” he said.

“I will see you when I get home from the trip!” I said.  I can be a jerk like that.

When I got home from work that night, we agreed that we could not miss Debbie and Chuck’s wedding.  We had been looking forward to this NYC/KC trip for months.  We called the bride and groom and told them we would be there.  I completely wore out my Central Veterinary Conference (CVC) itinerary choosing and rechoosing classes for CVC.

At one point, I had five classes planned for one hour.

One of the two aspects of CVC I was most excited about was spending time with my vet tech friend, Erika.  We were going to happy hour at the Melting Pot on Sunday night.  Also, Erika had checked with the CVC bosses, and they would let us go to tech or vet sessions together on Monday.  Yay.

The other aspect of CVC I was most excited about was meeting three of the editors of dvm360 – Jessica (dvm360), Kristi (Veterinary Economics) and Kerry (Firstline), also on  Sunday evening.  We were going to talk about the new dvm360 iPad app.  I really just wanted to be where they were for an hour, and if we talked about the iPad app (which is GREAT, btw), that was fine with me.

If you knew how much I love Erika (and the Melting Pot) I could better explain how equally awesome meeting the dvm360 editors was going to be.  I had been looking forward to meeting these women someday since I first started corresponding with them online and writing articles for dvm360 over a year ago.  These women are smart, successful leaders in the veterinary writing profession, and I was finally going to meet them  in person!


We drove to KC.  We had to take the pretty route because of all the recent flooding.

Iowa Wind Farm on the drive to KC

Russ and I sat in the KC airport waiting for our flight to New York.  To our left were flashing “Welcome to KC CVC Veterinary Teams!” signs.  To our right were televisions showing the worst of Hurricaine Irene and predicting doom for NYC and other eastern US cities.  I looked at Russ.  “We could just stay…” I said.  “No, you were right,” he said, “and…our plane is boarding!”  We flew off to meet our friends and Irene.


Both airports, the entire NYC subway, most NYC cabs and most businesses announced they would be closed on Sunday.  Mandatory evacuation was scheduled by noon on Sunday for low-lying areas of NYC.  We were in Brooklyn, so we were (probably) in a safe part of town.

Our Sunday morning flight out of town was rescheduled for Monday night (Thank you Delta!)  We called parents and (sadly) e-mailed editors and Erika-Friend.  We secured our hotel room for another night.  They even charged us the much lower than normal wedding rate they had charged us for the first two nights after a (nice) request from Russ.  (Thank you Sheraton Hotel in Brooklyn!)  We called our KC hotel and told them we would be a day and several hours late, and they said “Don’t worry about it.  Stay safe.”  (Thank you Downtown Kansas City Marriott!)

We went to a convenience store to buy storm snacks.  I took a picture of The Statue of Liberty on the wall of the store.

My First View of the Statue of Liberty

Fellow line dwellers giggled.  “It’s our first time here.” I said.  “I really wanted to see it.”  I do not often generalize, but I will say that even in emergency preparation mode, with a hurricaine coming, which is as unknown to a New Yorker as it is to an Omahan, New Yorkers are kind.

We went to the wedding at Debbie and Chuck’s church.  Everything about the wedding was beautiful.

Sunday’s church service is cancelled. Saturday’s wedding is not!


I woke up at 4:00 am to what sounded like a really bad Nebraska thunderstorm.  It came and went pretty quickly.

Russ and I walked around Brooklyn.  “NYC is not crowded.  It’s empty!”  I said.  “Ha!” Russ said.  We spent time with Chuck and Debbie’s families and their other friends, which we would not have otherwise been able to do.  Twice we had paused, and twice we had decided to move ahead.  When all is said and done, I am so grateful we were able to be with Chuck and Debbie for their wedding.  It will always be one of my very best memories.


Chuck, Debbie, me, Russ


Russ and I walked around some more.  Chuck and Debbie flew off to their honeymoon.  We flew to KC.  We checked into our hotel super late at night and fell right asleep.


I went to a series of four morning cat lectures by Andrew Specht, DVM, DACVIM.  They were so good.  We left before they could start taking down the CVC banners and balloons.

Balloons at CVC

We drove the three hours to Omaha and picked the girls up from Grandma and Papa’s.  They had all had a good time.  They loved the NYC keychains and snowglobes we brought, though they had actually asked for keychain snowglobes.  (“Do those exist?” I had asked.  “I don’t know,” they had said.)

I opened my email Tuesday right before we crashed for the night and saw this note from Jessica from Tuesday morning…”Are you still in KC?  Kerry and I are back at work but Kristi is still there and might be able to meet you!”

I cried.

I still have not unpacked everything.  I hate that figure of speech, but I suppose it fits.


I will post wedding pictures and more NYC pictures tomorrow.

Debbie and Chuck, we love you.  We would fly into a hurricaine for you all over again.  Thank you for including us in your beautiful wedding day.

Karen and Phill, thank you for keeping our babies safe.  We would have been complete wrecks if they had been in New York city with us.

Jeff and Lu, thank you for keeping our fur babies safe.

Erika-Friend, what are you doing this time next year?

Awesome Editors, I still am looking forward to meeting you.  I hear there is no more weather drama scheduled ever, are you busy? :)