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6 Ways to Criticize with Kindness

6 Ways to Criticize with Kindness

by Dr. Andy Roark, DVM   I have a friend who dreamed of doing a veterinary residency. During her internship (a one-year program which, for some, serves as vetting for residencies), my friend — like a lot of first-year doctors — struggled with insecurities and doubts. She didn’t want to “get anything wrong,” and she dealt with that by frequently asking for advice, input, and reassurance on her cases.   Nine months into her internship, …

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5 Tips To Bring Out The Innovator In You

5 Tips To Bring Out The Innovator In You

by Dr. Brandon Thornberry, DVM     I have a strong feeling that when someone wants to share advice with you, they are really just asking for an opportunity to share some hard-earned wisdom with a previous version of themselves.     So here I am. Writing to an earlier version of myself, who as a student in veterinary school, wanted to learn how to build his own creativity in pursuit of becoming an innovator …

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A Newbie’s Reaction to Her First Uncharted Conference

A Newbie’s Reaction to Her First Uncharted Conference

by Dr. Maureen Noftsinger, DVM I have to admit that I didn’t know much about Andy Roark or anyone else in the Uncharted community before being added to the Facebook page.  I received an email about the conference and it appealed to me. I am in that stage of my life where I am trying to do things differently by embracing change and acknowledging that I needed to grow both personally and professionally. I have …

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Take Charge of Your Career Like a Boss

Take Charge of Your Career Like a Boss

Contributed by: Carol Hurst, LVT, CVPM, CVJ   Let me paint a picture for you:  You’ve been in your current position for six to nine years. It may be your second professional position.  It may be your first. You wouldn’t describe yourself as happy, merely content.   You’ve settled into this position like a well-worn glove.  Any lofty goals you had for yourself when you started on this journey were buried in reality, compassion fatigue, and …

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A How-To Guide on Promoting Yourself

A How-To Guide on Promoting Yourself

Contributed by: Carol Hurst, LVT, CVPM, CVJ   Arrogant is defined as having or revealing an exaggerated sense of one’s own importance or abilities.  To brag is the act of talking boastfully, and to boast is to show excessive pride and self-satisfaction in one’s achievements, possessions or abilities.   If these are the words that come to mind when you even think of talking about something you accomplished or offering your expertise in a certain …

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Are We About to See The Death of The Annual Vet Exam?

Are We About to See The Death of The Annual Vet Exam?

Contributed by: Mark Olcott, DVM, MBA Veterinary practices historically have been overwhelmingly reliant on the revenue from annual wellness exams to keep their doors open.  Not just the primary revenue from the visit itself, but the dentals and procedures and lab work that arise from that visit.   I’m increasingly of the opinion that this fairly predictable revenue stream is slowly but surely going away.   Why? As with every trend, there are many factors. …

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