The Veterinary Idealist

The veterinary industry is undergoing rapid and dramatic changes.  Ownership is becoming more consolidated in the hands of non-veterinarians while new veterinarians are finishing school with increasing debt loads.  These changes have influenced many industries and some would call them inevitable.  However, the idealist in me believes that by understanding the drivers of these changes, looking for bright spots, and by working together we can create a sustainable veterinary community that always puts pets and their people first.

 

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The Answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe, and Everything: Checklists

As I mentioned last week, I am an Atul Gawande “groupie.”  His book, The Checklist Manifesto, convinced me that checklists are key to how we improve the quality of care. A Scenario You have a 3yr old male cat named Phil.  Phil develops a urinary tract obstruction and is yowling when you get home from …

Five lessons for being a Positive deviant

“Arriving at meaningful solutions is an inevitably slow and difficult process.  Nonetheless what I saw was: better is possible.  It does not take genius.  It takes ingenuity.  And above all, it takes a willingness to try.”  – Atul Gawande from Better What is a Positive Deviant? Atul Gawande, a surgeon and healthcare researcher, is one …

The Impact of Consolidation on Price and Quality

“Furthermore, the evidence suggests that system formation has primarily served to increase market power, not improve patient care quality or hospital efficiency, at least in the short run. ” – Alison Evans Cuellar and Paul J Gertler , Professors of Public Health, Health Affairs Human healthcare has undergone more aggressive consolidation than veterinary medicine for …