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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Quality in Veterinary Medicine

Quality in Veterinary Medicine: the ultimate goal “What is perhaps most disturbing is the absence of real progress toward restructuring health care systems to address both quality and cost concerns, or toward applying advances in information technology to improve administrative and clinical processes. Despite the efforts of many talented leaders and dedicated professionals, the last …

What Veterinarians Should Learn from Independent Bookstores

  What Veterinarians should learn from Independent Bookstores One of the best things about the neighborhood where I live is the locally owned independent bookstore.  The window display has a different theme every month highlighting interesting books in a colorful array.  The warm feel of the shop, high wood bookcases, welcoming environment, and the neighbors …

What happened to Brightheart and other stories of private equity

In 2012, my partners and I ran the largest 24/7 multispecialty hospital within the city limits of Seattle and also operated a second growing 24/7 facility about 25 miles south of the city.  We had opened both our hospitals as startups and had weathered not only a tough learning curve but also the 2008 recession.  …