About 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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Stories of Women Veterinary Owners: Nikki Graf, DVM and Lindsay Thurwachter, DVM

  Women Veterinary Owners: Nikki Graf, DVM and Lindsay Thurwachter, DVM One of the things I have enjoyed the most about starting this blog is hearing stories from different women veterinary owners.   There is much to learn from personal experiences and the different paths we take. I was thrilled to get the opportunity to catch …

Stages of Veterinary Business Growth: How to recognize the humps

Stages of Veterinary Business Growth: How to recognize the humps In 1983, a seminal article was published in the Harvard Business Review. It described ways in which businesses grow and the challenges they face at different stages in their life cycle.  This paradigm was originally introduced to me by Brian Cassell, DVM, now chief strategy …

Preventing infectious disease spread in your veterinary hospital: Five rules to follow

Preventing infectious disease spread in your veterinary hospital: Five rules to follow Canine influenza outbreaks across the country have shown us how rapidly a respiratory disease can spread when community immunity is low.  Dog parks, boarding facilities and dog shows have been common locations for outbreaks to start.  Veterinary hospitals also have congregating dogs so …