Amy’s Blog

How They Feel

September 1st, 2014

Communication skills are more important than ever in having a good outcome with clients, coworkers, and family members. There’s a saying that you hear from time to time…”Your client doesn’t care how much you know until he knows how much you care.” But even more important is this one: “They don’t remember what you say; they remember how you make

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From “Holy Shit” to “Goodbye”

June 1st, 2014

There seems to be a pattern in a veterinarian’s development. First is the wide eyed “Holy shit! It’s just me here, taking care of this” phase, when the older veterinarians are the lifeline of the newbie day and night. This phase is generally pretty short. Then a more comfortable, “I’ve got this!” phase sets in, when the phone calls are

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Why Don’t They Like Me Anymore?

November 1st, 2013

I was working at my desk the other day, focused on what I was doing, but overhearing conversations of the other doctors around me. It suddenly dawned on me that I had reached an age where my colleagues oddly no longer often looked to me for advice very often. And I realized I wasn’t alone; my older partners were not

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Talismans of Caring

October 25th, 2013

Every now and then it is good to be reminded of the predicament that our clients are frequently in. They have a sick or injured family member or valuable athlete and teammate, and they need to decide where to seek treatment. One option is to ask their primary veterinarian for a recommendation, and in fact, this is most often what

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