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Iowa State University puts on spectacular SAVMA Symposium

Posted by Ira Gordon on March 22, 2016 at 7:06 AM

I have to hand it to the students at Iowa State University! 

The SAVMA leadership put on one of the best symposiums that we have had the pleasure of attending.   After attending a large veterinary conference the previous week, it was such a breath of fresh air to be around “our people” again.

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Topics: Career, Clients

5 Questions you should never ask pet owners, Vet Student

Posted by Cari Wise on March 2, 2016 at 6:28 AM

Communicating effectively with veterinary clients is a skill all of its own.

When working to obtain an accurate patient history, avoiding certain questions will not only provide you with more accurate information, but also create an opportunity for discussion.

Here are five questions for the veterinarian or vet tech to avoid when speaking with pet owners.

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Topics: Career, Communication, Clients, Vet Student, Client Situations

Vet Student:  Let’s talk about Euthanasia

Posted by Cari Wise on February 18, 2016 at 6:00 AM


There probably isn’t a topic more controversial in veterinary medicine than euthanasia.  A veterinary license provides us with the legal authority to humanely end the lives of our animal patients.   And although this is allowed, and most often medically necessary, it does not come without cost.

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Topics: Career, Euthanasia, Communication, Clients, Vet Student, Client Situations

When Veterinarians Fail

Posted by Ira Gordon on January 8, 2016 at 8:48 AM

As vets, we take great pride in our successes, and for good reason. Helping a pet to beat the odds and outlive all expectations is what we hope to do every day. We put stories of these examples on our webpages and post updates to social media. It is a euphoric feeling to celebrate milestones, birthdays, and holidays with these clients and the pets that would not have been there if not for the treatments that we can provide.

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Topics: Career, Clients

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