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It seems that our profession has more people with toxic personalities than ever before, and more veterinary technicians are leaving the field in droves because of it. Many of us have come across that one person that thinks they are the center of the universe in the hospital. Maybe they have been employed there the […]

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When we met, you were dying. Not in the existential ‘a little every day’ or a slow fade of light, but in the ‘Poo is hitting the fan, move. Now.’ kind of way.   I quickly went to work. Your eyes were screaming for help, and you let us. Thank you for letting us, I know […]

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DrAndyRoark.com by Jackie Parr, Bsch, Dvm, Msc, Dip Ac.. - 3d ago

I work out a lot. I even work out with a trainer several days per week. I set goals for myself like being able to leg press 360 pounds, or run a 5K race (despite my asthma), or train for a half marathon on rollerblades (yes, they exist!). Despite all of this training, I never […]

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It is a rainy day in 2008. It is cold and damp outside. You are walking down a busy city street. You see a veterinary hospital. You decide to go inside.   You pull on the wet door handle. You brush the raindrops off your coat. It is very quiet inside. At first you don’t […]

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  It happened again. A family could not afford the care of their pet and the veterinarian offered relinquishment instead of having to euthanize the animal. It should be a feel good story. It should make you say, “Wow that veterinarian is so nice to do that for that animal instead of euthanizing.” But instead […]

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  Have you every had a really good biscuit? I mean the kind that are fluffy, steamy, pillows from heaven and perfect under gravy, with some apple butter, or even stolen off the stovetop before time to leave for the potluck. Now, I know I am going a little too southern for some, but biscuits […]

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When I was a baby vet, I worked for a taciturn male veterinarian who never failed to surprise me with his forward thinking. He always asked me questions, not to quiz me, but to soak up some of my fresh-out-of-school knowledge. He pushed me and protected me during the three years of my employment. If […]

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DrAndyRoark.com by Chris Vanderhoof Dvm, Mph - 2w ago

When the topic of heartworm and flea/tick preventatives comes up during an appointment, sometimes it feels like there’s an elephant in the room.   Often at this time of year, with talk of blizzards, cyclones, and polar vortexes, the answer to the question, “Do you need more flea-tick or heartworm preventatives?” is something like: “No, […]

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DrAndyRoark.com by Dr. Jessica Taylor - 3w ago

We all have those days. The ones that start out crazy and get worse from there. Where the receptionist slides up next to you and hesitantly tells you a client called and is on their way with a pet that has been vomiting for four days, they are leaving to go out of town tomorrow, […]

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DrAndyRoark.com by Kimberley Beldam-saylor - 1M ago

I’ve been working in the veterinary field since I was 15 years old. I witnessed my first euthanasia just two hours into the job.  It struck me in that moment, even at my tender age, that this would be the most important aspect of my job.  And it is.  Saving lives is wonderfully satisfying, and […]

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