Uplift, Inspire, Embolden

Last weekend, Taylor and I went to the VVMA conference to attend a lecture/discussion on suicide within the veterinary profession. While the study being reported on was exclusive to veterinary practitioners, not students, there were quite a few takeaways that can be applied to the vet school environment. The summary of the nationwide study that…

Bearing each other’s burdens [VIN post]

We had the opportunity last month to share Beasts, Unburdened and our motivation for writing on it in an article originally posted on the Veterinary Information Network (VIN) News Service. That article is reprinted below, with links to the original article and VIN message boards. The VIN News Service is not affiliated with Beasts, Unburdened.…

If it’s good enough for ethylene glycol toxicosis…

Veterinary Student Survey   Please help answer this quick, anonymous survey about alcohol consumption and your perceptions of alcohol consumption among your classmates. Results will be used in a future blog post. Share with your classmates, and thank you 🙂   This post will begin with a message shared through the Vet Confessionals project (if…

Not The End [Shared Experience]

Thank you to Civet (random animal generator never lets me down) for sharing your story. What a fantastic outlook on moving on past unexpected…hiccups. So…I failed vet school. I am pretty certain that this is a topic that most people don’t think about when they enter school, but it happened to me. However I wanted…

Glass Half Full [Shared Experience]

This is such beautiful advice and an awesome perspective. Give it a read. Vet school definitely changes everything – but the light in which you see those changes makes all the difference. Thanks very much for the thoughts, Wolverine. After coming to vet school, I have felt like I am in the middle of an…

On Servant Leadership

In fall 2014, I attended the yearly Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Association Convention. There were talks on various topics in veterinary medicine: small animal surgery, equine medicine, and a lot of dairy. There was also an all-day session planned especially for students. This session was led by Tom Thibodeau on the topic of “servant leadership”. What…