Helping Pets But Not in the Exam Room
I’ll let you in on a little secret… I’m not in the office this week. Heck, I’m not even in Canada – I’m in sunny Florida! Now before you all get upset, let me assure you that I’m not lounging on a beach. I don’t even like the beach nor do I have the body for bathing suit season. I’m actually helping your pets and other people’s pets from 3000 miles (4800 km) away.
This week, I’m joining over 15, 000 veterinarians, technicians, practice managers, and industry representatives at the North American Veterinary Conference. One of the largest conferences in the world, I am learning about new techniques and skills that I can bring back to help the pets in the Kingston community. But don’t worry, if you’re not in Kingston, your family veterinarian might also be here or maybe they’re attending a different conference.
This brings up a good point about what makes the veterinary profession so awesome. We are continually updating our knowledge to be able to provide your pet with the best care possible. Not every state or province requires it though but most of enjoy the chance to learn new things and stay up to date on medical advances. It’s something that you should be aware of when you visit your veterinarian or if you happen to be looking for a new one. Does your vet discuss options with you? Do they just want to give a shot or send home some pills without reviewing diagnostic options? Is the veterinary team able to answer your questions right away or at least know where to get the info?
Being a veterinarian is an amazing opportunity and even better when we get to help you & your pet have a strong bonded relationship and healthy life. Sometimes there can be real medical value in the “old ways” but it isn’t the only way. Do your pet a favor and make sure that your veterinarian is staying current with their continuing education. I’m doing my part and can’t wait to bring back the things I’ve learned this week to the patients I see!
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