Our newest threat
Now, there appears in every town throughout the kingdom the very same armor whose sales helped feed our families and maintain
our stables. Thus, while the banishment of the flea foes is worthy of resounding rejoicing, there, once again, a deficit appears
in the income of our veterinary warrior knights. With the continued abandonment of the sales of the armor of vaccination and
the sales of armor to ward off our flea foes, there remains less coinage for us and the moats of many of our castles will
soon be in disrepair.
A wise man will have a revelation where in his vision, three in five veterinary warriors fall back to secure lines defended
by diagnostic medicine and surgery. They will begin to scrutinize their charges for those who can benefit by longer and more
healthful lives under his or her recommendations.
One in five will continue to hold out for a return of the old times and do nothing to ameliorate this millennium madness.
They will do the work of a knight for the rewards befitting a squire.
One in five will be forced to seek refuge in other professions, whether buying and selling castles for others or seeking other
provinces with new battles to be won or lost.
The moral of our tale
The lesson is clear: In this period of crop failures and economic famine, as in other ages, our lives are governed by the
application of the skills we acquire to benefit the folk of our kingdom. We ought not to build more castles than we can sustain
by our medical skills. Parvovirus, other vaccinations and flea and heartworm medications are but transitory spoils of transitory
wars and are never to be relied upon for long-term prosperity.
All the tools we need are already in our possession within our skulls. Depend only on those skills we possess to ease the
pain and extend the years of our pet companions. Never build more castle than thy skills can maintain. And remember: Most
provinces of our kingdom offer courses in castle maintenance.
Tremble not, fellow citizens, for while the new crop of squires and knights will invade our territories and lighten our purses,
our future lies, as always, in service to our kingdom as diviners of the ills of those in our care and not as vendors of magic
Dr. Snyder, a well-known consultant, publishes Veterinary Productivity, a newsletter for practice productivity. He can be reached at 112 Harmon Cove Towers Secaucus, NJ 07094; (800) 292-7995;
; fax: (866) 908-6986.