Dr. Codger wants to help, so he cuts prices for his veterinary clients. Dr. Greenskin wants to do top-quality medicine and charge appropriately. Are the two medical cases in this story going to be the straw that breaks the camel's back?
Veterinary medicine isn't all about science, diagnosis and treatment. Some of your day is taken up with the soft skills. Find out which nonclinical articles your peers loved the most this year in 2017 and resolve to try out some of these tricks in 2018.
If you take emotional responsibility for everyone else's problems, putting their monkeys on your back and in your mind, you'll have a hard time finding room for your own needs at the end of the veterinary workday.
Don't give up on a patient—or a pet owner. Every exam room visit is an opportunity to cherish and optimize a patient's health with needed vaccines, recommended diagnostics and care for problems a pet owner didn't even know the pet was facing. Here's how Dr. Ernie Ward makes the most out of what looks like a cursory visit.