Online comic tells the story of today's veterinarian
ARDMORE, PA. — Amanda Brown is a 29-year-old associate veterinarian with an affinity for coffee. She can't seem to find the right man, please her mother or carve out enough time with her friends. Should we even talk about the mountains of student debt and frustrating interactions with clients?
The only difference between Amanda and the young female majority is that she doesn't really exist. But to many, Amanda Brown, a fictional online character created by Hillary Israeli, VMD, and Phillip Barnes, is a mirror image and a release to let them laugh a little at their own situation.
Nearly 40 herself with a husband and three children, Israeli is older than Amanda's demographic. But it wasn't so long ago that she, too, faced the challenges of being a young, female veterinarian in a world with many male-owned practices. Luckily, Israeli says, she worked for a practice owner who was flexible and let her try doing things her own way.
"If you're wrong, it could be crushing, and you feel so embarrassed," she says.
Seeing Amanda go through the same pitfalls might help young graduates cope while they learn the ropes of their new profession, as well as help older veterinarians remember what it was like to be in new DVMs' shoes.
"When you come out of vet school, and you're owing this huge amount of money, and there are not a lot of jobs out there, and they're not paying as well as you may have hoped, you might need to have a laugh and see someone poking fun at a situation like the one you're in," Israeli says. "These stories are universal and, to me, it's really just presenting them in a fresher way with a more modern perspective.